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Trust in Risk Management

Uncertainty and Scepticism in the Public Mind, 1st Edition

By Timothy C. Earle

Edited by Michael Siegrist, Heinz Gutscher


312 pages

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Trust is an important factor in risk management, affecting judgements of risk and benefit, technology acceptance and other forms of cooperation. In this book the world's leading risk researchers explore all aspects of trust as it relates to risk management and communication. The authors draw on a wide variety of disciplinary approaches and empirical case studies on topics such as mobile phone technology, well-known food accidents and crises, wetland management, smallpox vaccination, cooperative risk management of US forests and the disposal of the Brent Spar oil drilling platform. The book integrates diverse research traditions and provides new insights into the phenomenon of trust, including the factors that lead to the establishment and erosion of trust. Insightful analyses are provided for researchers and students of environmental and social science and professionals engaged in risk management and communication in both public and private sectors.


An excellent collection of texts that can be recommended both to researchers and to others interested in cooperative risk management… Siegrist, Earle, Gutscher and their contributors have produced a well-written and finely edited book that improves the understandings of the relationships between trust, risk and uncertainty in cooperative risk management.' Journal of Risk Research 'Given the importance of trust as a factor in risk communication studies, this book offers both communication scholars and their students an excellent conceptual resource.' Science Communication '[A]n excellent introduction into the great variety of trust studies' Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 'Everyone knows that trust is important in managing environmental and technological risks, yet there is little agreement on the nature of trust and how to study it. Siegrist, Earle and Gutscher convinced leading American and European scholars to write twelve original essays to try to make sense of the origins and consequences of the uncertainty and scepticism common in the public mind. Although the authors use different methods, conceptual frameworks, models and theories, they all write with fervour (perhaps reflecting the importance of the topic), but maintain the highest standards of scholarship. The chapters complement each other so that the value of this book is greater than the sum of the individual chapters. Indispensable to anyone concerned with trust in cooperative risk management.' Robert E. O'Connor, National Science Foundation

Table of Contents

Preface 1.Trust, Risk Perception and the TCC Model of Cooperation 2.Social Identity and the Group Context of Trust: Managing Risk and Building Trust through Belonging 3.Trust and Risk: Implications for Management 4. A Social Judgement Analysis of Trust: People as Intuitive Detection Theorists 5.Scepticism, Reliance and Risk Managing Institutions: Towards a Conceptual Model of Critical Trust? 6.Societal Trust in Risk Analysis: Implications for the Interface of Risk Assessment and Risk Management 7.Rebuilding Consumer Trust in the Context of a Food Crisis 8.Trust and Risk in Smallpox Vaccination 9.The What, How and When of Social Reliance and Cooperative Risk Management 10.Getting Out of the Swamp: Towards Understanding Sources of Local Officials 11.Trust in Wetlands Management 12.Antecedents of System Trust: Cues and Process Feedback 13.Trust and Confidence in Crisis Communication: Three Case Studies

About the Author/Editors

Michael Siegrist is Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Timothy C. Earle is a Research Associate at Western Washington University, Bellingham, US. Heinz Gutscher is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

About the Series

Earthscan Risk in Society

The Earthscan Risk in Society series publishes high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address risk analysis, risk assessment, risk perception, risk management, uncertainty and decision-making in society. Professor Ragnar Lofstedt is the series editor and the series has published highly influential authors in the field of risk, including Ortwin Renn, Baruch Fischhoff and Paul Slovic.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Insurance / Risk Assessment & Management