Climate policy and industry elite perceptions of risk and uncertainty: a cross-national study

Wong, Catherine Mei Ling, and Lockie, Stewart (2020) Climate policy and industry elite perceptions of risk and uncertainty: a cross-national study. Society & Natural Resources. (In Press)

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Abstract

There has been a growing focus on uncertainty as a distinct concept in the risk literature. This paper is concerned with how those involved in the design and implementation of climate change policy conceptualize risk and uncertainty. Based on interviews with policy and industry elites in Australia, China and the UK, it finds that participants did not distinguish between "risk" and "uncertainty" in their conceptualization of climate threats. For the majority of them, politics was the most significant source of risk and uncertainty in climate policy, but delegation of otherwise political decisions to the market was seen as the best solution. The conclusion suggests that the conceptual distinction between risk and uncertainty is less important, for policy and industry elites, than the need to develop mechanisms that account for both persistent scientific uncertainties as well as interpretive and moral ambiguities in climate policy design and implementation.

Item ID: 64131
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: climate policy, risk perception, uncertainty, Australia, China, United Kingdom
Copyright Information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Projects and Grants: Australian Research Council (ARC) DP130104842
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 07:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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