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Risk&Regulation issue on risky information

The magazine explores the complex relation between information and risks. Knowledge and information are crucial to risk regulation, especially in an era which purports a commitment to evidence based policy making. However its production and use are also a source of further risks, particularly for regulators.

This issue of Risk & Regulation considers a variety of sources of regulatory information, ranging from complaints to the Press Complaints Commission and financial regulators; intelligence and its use in the organization and mitigation of security risks at the Olympics; the knowledge of experts and of the public by the Office of Fair Trading; and self-reporting systems in the aviation and pharmaceutical industries.

It cannot be assumed that these sources of information are always accurate and reliable. Yet they frame and influence regulatory decisions in particular, and often unexpected, ways.

Articles include:

  • Piecing together the information jigsaw
  • Is transparency good for consumers? Assessing the proposals for publishing comparative complaints data for financial services
  • On evaluating one's self: the implications of asymmetrical expertise in aviation regulation
  • Ignorance and regulation: the strategic avoidance of risky knowledge

A PDF of the magazine is available for download here|. For more information on the latest issue of Risk & Regulation, please visit the website|.

Contact: Pranav Bihari, CARR, at 020 7849 4635 or risk@lse.ac.uk|

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The ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at LSE. Our core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices.

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The ESRC is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. It provides independent, high quality, relevant research to business, the public sector and Government. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.