Risk, expertise and drought management

Cockfield, Geoff (2013) Risk, expertise and drought management. In: Drought, risk management, and policy: decision-making under uncertainty. Drought and Water Crises. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, FL. United States, pp. 17-28. ISBN 978-1-4398-7629-9

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Abstract

The chapter starts with some definitions of risk and the three qualifica­tions to considering drought as a natural hazard are further elaborated. The reasons governments become involved in risk management through the provision of research, extension, and policy are critically considered. Then approaches to estimating and communicating risks are discussed. In general, while there has been a move away from technocratic dominance to greater involvement of lay people, I note some arguments for the pen­dulum to swing away from excessive participation in risk management in certain circumstances. Complicating this, though, is the rise of rationalist approaches, in which the economic costs and benefits of risk management are considered before any action is taken. This is evident in attempts to shift the risks of drought from government to nongovernment sectors, as is dis­ cussed in several chapters of this book.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 06:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: government response; drought; policy; risk management; natural hazards
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960304 Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23743

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