1st Edition

Standardization and Risk Governance A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

    306 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This multi-disciplinary book conceptualizes, maps, and analyses ongoing standardization 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 behaviour. Standardization and standards can impact risk governance in different ways. The most important lessons drawn from the present volume can be summarized in three areas: (1) how standardization might impact on power relations and interests; (2) how standardization may change flexibility in decision-making, communication, and cooperation; and (3) how standardization could (re)direct attention and risk perception.

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

    Standardization and Risk Governance will be of great interest to students of risk, standardization, global governance, and critical security studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429290817, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

    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


    Odd Einar Olsen is Professor in Risk Management and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

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

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

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