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Governing Disasters: The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation

Edited by: Alberto Alemanno

ISBN13: 9780857935724
Published: October 2011
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Emergency crises have always tested our ability to organise and swiftly execute a coordinated response. Both natural and unnatural disasters pose new questions to which previous experience provides only limited answers. These challenges are arguably greater than ever, in a more globalised world confronted by a truly transnational hazard. This is the first volume that addresses the complexities of the volcanic ash cloud that overshadowed Europe in April 2011, but has subsequently struck again in Australia, Chile and Europe. It does so from a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing upon research from economics, law, sociology and other fields, as well as volcanology and leading expertise in jet engineering. Whilst our knowledge base is wide-ranging, there is a common focus on the practical lessons of the ash cloud crisis both for subsequent eruptions and for emergency risk regulation more generally. Among many other insights Governing Disasters explains why it was that industry and regulators were largely unprepared for a phenomenon about which we were not scientifically ignorant. It concludes that the toolbox of risk regulation should not be expected to provide ready-made solutions but applied flexibly, creatively and with some humility. This unique and timely resource will be useful to policymakers, scholars, officials of international organizations, research institutions and consumer groups who want to acquire or further develop their capacities for risk regulation. For teaching purposes it is ideal for courses on risk regulation, disaster law and policy, and crisis management or as a supplement in courses on environmental law, transport law, space law or land use.

Preface Alberto Alemanno Introduction Alberto Alemanno PART I: THE VOLCANIC ASH CRISIS: WHAT HAPPENED AND LESSONS LEARNED 1. What Happened and Lessons Learned: A European and International Perspective Alberto Alemanno 2. Which Risk and Who Decides When There Are So Many Players? Donald Macrae 3. The Financial Impact of the Volcanic Ash Crisis on the European Airline Industry Maddalena Ragona, Francesca Hansstein and Mario Mazzocchi PART II: REVISITING THE VOLCANIC ASH CRISIS: IDEOLOGIES, NARRATIVES AND COMMUNICATION OF EMERGENCY RISK REGULATION 4. Risk and the Role of Scientific Input for Contingency Planning: A Response to the April 2010 Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Eruption Chris Johnson and Alain Jeunemaitre 5. Representing Emergency Risks: Media, Risks and 'Acts of God' in the Volcanic Ash Cloud Adam Burgess 6. The Challenge of Emergency Risk Communication - Lessons Learned in Trust and Risk Communication from the Volcanic Ash Crisis Sweta Chakraborty PART III: BEYOND THE ASH CRISIS: THE MANY FACETS OF EMERGENCY RISK REGULATION 7. Paradigms Lost: Emergency Safety Regulation under Scientific and Technical Uncertainty Vincent Brannigan 8. If and When: Towards Standard-based Regulation in the Reduction of Catastrophic Risks Alfredo Fioritto and Marta Simoncini 9. Normative Uncertainty and Ethics in Emergency Risk Regulation A.M. Viens PART IV: THE ORGANISATIONAL MECHANISMS OF EMERGENCY RISK REGULATION 10. Effective Regulatory Processes for Crisis Management: An Analysis of Codified Crisis Management in Europe Lorenza Jachia and Valentin Nikonov 11. Abrupt Environmental Changes: Scenario Planning for Catastrophic Security Risks Chad Michael Briggs 12. Systemic Risks and the Reformation of the European Union Law Concerning Network Industries Francisco B. Lopez-Jurado PART V: AN EXAMPLE OF CODIFIED EMERGENCY RISK REGULATION: THE EU PASSENGERS' RIGHTS REGULATION 13. Unexpected Turbulence - On the Application of the Denied Boarding Regulation to Exceptional Situations Morten Broberg 14. The Volcanic Ash Crisis and EU Air Passenger Rights Nick Bernard PART VI: NEW IDEAS FOR EMERGENCY RISK REGULATION 15. The Fallout from the Fallout: Hazards, Risks and Organizational Learning Christopher Lawless 16. Rising from Ashes: A Governance Perspective on Emerging Systemic Risks Giuliano G. Castellano Epilogue Alberto Alemanno Index