Type
Article
Titre
From risk to the government of uncertainty: the case of mobile telephony
Dans
Journal of Risk Research
Éditeur
US : Routledge
Volume
14
Numéro
8
Pages
969 - 982 p.
ISSN
13669877
Mots clés
risk, uncertainty,, mobile telephony
Résumé
EN
Confronted with complex and wicked issues, public authorities turn to science and expertise to provide answers that will help reduce the level of uncertainty that characterizes these issues. Yet, the paper argues that more often than not, it is the application of a risk framework to a given issue that fosters uncertainty, not the other way round. Hence, the more authorities and experts attempt to apply a risk approach to an issue, the more they encourage the production of uncertainty. Taking mobile telephony as a case in point, the paper then goes on to show that to reduce uncertainties, authorities in some countries have recently experimented with new forms of knowledge in the process of expertise; paradoxically, this may raise in a first moment the general level of uncertainty, but it may also provide in the longer term more robust knowledge. The larger aim of the paper is to expand conceptions of uncertainty commonly used in risk governance.

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