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Risk governance in an age of wicked problems: lessons from the European approach to indirect land-use change

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This paper assesses the recent European governance of risks associated with indirect land-use change (ILUC) arising from biofuel production. Deploying the theoretical concepts of “wicked problems” (Rittel and Webber, 1973), “incertitudes” (Stirling, 2003) and “co-production” (Jasanoff, 2004), it argues that Europe’s existing risk governance apparatus has systematically failed to acknowledge the inherent difficulties of both identifying and interpreting knowledge pertaining t...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/13669877.2011.643477

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Department:
Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Risk Research
Volume:
15
Issue:
5
Pages:
495-513
Publication date:
2012
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EISSN:
1466-4461
ISSN:
1366-9877

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