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Title: How Should Governments Make Risky Policy Decisions?
Contributor(s): Hardaker, John Brian (author); Fleming, Euan  (author); Lien, Gudbrand (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00638.x
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Abstract: Public policy-making does not follow the long-established and well-recognised principles of rational decision analysis under risk. Public views of risk are often inconsistent and seemingly irrational, and a gulf exists between risk perceptions and attitudes of the public and those of 'experts'. On the other hand, experts often claim unjustifiably high levels of confidence in their predictions of policy choice outcomes, creating a lack of public faith in their recommendations. While risky policy choices deserve more systematic decision analysis, many challenges remain to effective implementation of such analyses. Among the suggestions for improvement that we offer is the need for more effective interaction between policy-makers, decision analysts and the public.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(3), p. 256-271
Publisher: Australian Regional Groups of the Royal Institute of Public Administration
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0313-6647
Field of Research (FOR): 140214 Public Economics- Publically Provided Goods
160510 Public Policy
140213 Public Economics- Public Choice
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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