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Standardization and Risk Governance

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Odd Einar Olsen, Kirsten Voigt Juhl, Preben Lindøe, Ole Andreas Engen


288 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This multi-disciplinary book conceptualises, maps and analyses ongoing standardisation processes of risk issues across various sectors, processes and practices.

Standards are not only technical specifications and guidelines to support efficient risk governance, but also contain social, political, economic and organizational aspects. This book presents a variety of standardization processes and applications of standards that may influence our judgements of risk, the organizing of risk governance, and accordingly our ways of behaviour. Standardization and standards can impact risk governance in different ways. The most important lessons drawn from the present volume can be summarized under three areas: (a) how standardization might impact on power relations and interests; (b) how standardization may change flexibility in decision-making, communication, and cooperation; and (c) how standardization could (re)direct attention and risk perception.

The volume’s purpose is to present an analysis of standardisation processes and how it impacts on our thinking about risk, how we organise risk governance and how standardisation may influence on risk management. In so doing, it contributes to a more informed discourse regarding the use of standards and standardisation in contemporary risk management.

This book will be of much interest to students of risk, standardisation, global governance and critical security studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword Odd Einar Olsen, Kirsten Juhl, Preben Hempel Lindøe and Ole Andreas Engen

Section I: Introduction

1. The standardization of risk governance Odd Einar Olsen

2. Standardization of risk versus the risk of standardization. A conceptual analysis Kirsten Juhl

Section II: Standardization of risk management

3. Towards a standardization of EU disaster risk management? Claudia Morsut

4. Standardization of disaster risk management- Challenges and opportunities Henrik Tehler, Marcus Abrahamsson, Henrik Hassel and Peter Månsson

5. Explosive remnants in Swedish Society- Standardization to visualize a complex risk picture Fredrik Johnsson

6. Which crisis? The promise of standardized risk ranking in the field of EU infectious disease control Louise Bengtsson

7. Standardization and flexibility in surgical operations- A question of balancing risk Sindre Aske Høyland

Section III: Impact of standardization processes

8. Pre-crime and standardization of security risks Sirpa Virta

9. Standardization of terrorism risk analysis- A means or an obstacle to achieving security? Sissel H. Jore

10. Standardization of cybersecurity for critical infrastructures- The role of sensemaking and translation Ruth Østgaard Skotnes

11. Standardizations and risk mapping- Strengths and weaknesses Lene Jørgensen and Preben H. Lindøe

Section IV: Standardization of risk in business activity

12. Standardization, risk dispersion, and trading Grahame F. Thompson

13. UN guiding principles on business and human rights Ian Higham

14. The role of standards in hard and soft approaches to safety regulation Preben H. Lindøe and Michael S. Baram

15. Consensus and conflicts. Tripartite model and standardisation in the Norwegian petroleum industry Ole Andreas Engen

16. Dilemmas of standardization in risk governance Odd Einar Olsen

About the Editors

Odd Einar Olsen is Professor in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He also works on a regular basis for UNOCHA and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in conflict zones and natural disasters.

Kirsten Juhl is Associate Professor in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Preben Lindøe is Emeritus Professor in Risk Management and Societal Safety at University of Stavanger, Norway.

Ole Andreas Engen is Professor in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge New Security Studies

The aim of this book series is to gather state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research into a core set of volumes that respond vigorously and dynamically to  new challenges to security studies scholarship. This is a continuation of the PRIO New Security Studies series. More information can be found at:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations