The challenges of risk society for impact assessment

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This paper takes its point of departure in Ulrich Beck’s theory of risk society and the aspects that characterise this society. The paper puts forward a hypothe- sis, on which theoretical challenges the characteristics of risk society pose to impact assessment as a decision support tool; namely, the challenge of delivering assessments and predictions and the challenge of handling differences of opinion and debate. Through a case example of integration of climate change in strategic environmental assessment, the paper uses empirical evidence from a survey and a series of interviews to carry out a preliminary discussion of how the theoretical challenges are reflected in practice. The case study results show that the challenge of delivering assessments and predictions in a risk society is reflected in the current state of practice, while the challenge of handling differences of opinion and debate is not clearly reflected.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Risk Research
Volume20
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1439-1449
Number of pages10
ISSN1366-9877
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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The challenges of risk society for impact assessment. / Larsen, Sanne Vammen.

In: Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 20, No. 11, 2017, p. 1439-1449.

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