Democracy, Risk, and Community: Technological Hazards and the Evolution of Liberalism

Democracy, Risk, and Community: Technological Hazards and the Evolution of Liberalism

by Richard P. Hiskes

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Democracy, Risk, and Community: Technological Hazards and the Evolution of Liberalism by Richard P. Hiskes

This book presents a novel and compelling thesis about technological risk, liberalism, and policy making in liberal societies. Opposed to most theories of risk that focus on individual decision makers and models or rational choice, this book argues that risks must be seen as intrinsically both emergent and political phenomena. As such, risks resist reduction to individual actors, events, or decisions. To fully understand and make policy for risk, then, it is necessary to recognize that risks call attention to the connections between individuals and events, to the power being exercised in the determination and distribution of risks, and to how the failure to see risks as political, emergent phenomena results in policy failure, as in instances of "Not in My Backyard" (NIMBY) controversies. Liberal societies have particular difficulty in coping with risk, due to the excessively individualistic political theory and epistemology that undergirds liberalism. Thus, seeing risks as emergent has dramatic impact on the fundamental political concepts that make up liberal political theory and operate within liberal societies. The book treats especially the concepts of consent, community, authority, rights, responsibility, identity, and political participation. The meaning of each of these ideas has been altered by modern technological risks, and coping with risk will require that liberal societies redefine what these most basic concepts of political principles are to mean in political practice and policy making.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195353129
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/08/1998
Series: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 356 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(6)
ONE Risk and the Redefinition of Politics
9(24)
TWO Risk, Consent, and Communal Identity
33(24)
THREE Risk and the Authority of Ends
57(26)
FOUR Risk, Self-Interest, and the New Technology of Rights
83(25)
FIVE Risk and Responsibility
108(24)
SIX Democratic Politics and Participatory Risks
132(27)
Notes 159(24)
Bibliography 183(10)
Index 193

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