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Summary: www.electricitypolicy.org.uk
Energy Supply, Risk and Justice: Regulatory
Strategies for an Era of Limited Trust
EPRG Working Paper 0807
John Ash
Regulatory organisations responsible for implementing safety in the civil energy
sector must address three key issues: the risk tolerance of the community, the
methodology used to measure and enforce risk levels, and the resources available
to the regulatory agency. Attempts to balance these factors have often focussed on
attempting to align public perceptions of risk with those of government personnel,
technical specialists and industry. This "information deficit" approach has been
largely unsuccessful because the critical shortfall has not been one of knowledge,
but of trust. Trust in this context consists largely in an expectation of just treatment
by others. To retain legitimacy, any government must act with justice, which may be
seen as having two related elements distributive and retributive. This paper
explores novel approaches to the achievement of both aspects of justice in order
better to ensure the just apportionment of risk in energy safety regulation.
Contact jsa1003@cam.ac.uk
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Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences