Regulation and Risk: Occupational Health and Safety on the Railways

Overview


Regulating risks in modern societies increasingly involves governments guiding and co-opting corporate risk management systems. This book examines the feasibility of this with reference to occupational health and safety on Britain's railways. It raises important questions about how workplace risks are managed and what influence the law can have in this. These issues are especially significant in the wake of major rail disasters and in the face of the increasing popularity of risk-based approaches to corporate ...
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Overview


Regulating risks in modern societies increasingly involves governments guiding and co-opting corporate risk management systems. This book examines the feasibility of this with reference to occupational health and safety on Britain's railways. It raises important questions about how workplace risks are managed and what influence the law can have in this. These issues are especially significant in the wake of major rail disasters and in the face of the increasing popularity of risk-based approaches to corporate governance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242504
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bridget Hutter is the Peacock Professor of Risk Management at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director of CARR (the Centre for the Analysis of Risk Regulation). She is author of numerous publications on the subject of regulation. Her research interests are in the broad area of the sociology of regulation and risk management; the regulation of economic life with particular reference to financial, occupational health and safety, and environmental regulations; regulatory enforcement and corporate responses to regulation; and the social control of organizations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Concepts and Orientations
2. The Railway Industry in Britain
3. Railways and Risk
4. The Law and the Railway Inspectorate
5. The Social Dimensions of Knowledge
6. Industry Enforced Self-Regulation
7. Participative Regulation?
8. The Communication of Risk
9. Understandings of Risk and Uncertainty
10. Risk-Taking and Compliance
11. Privatization and the Safety Cascade
12. Conclusion: Regulating Risk in Economic Life
Appendix 1. Data Collection
Appendix 2. Interview Schedules

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