Theorizing and Generalizing About Risk Assessment and Regulation Through Comparative Nested Analysis of Representative Cases

34 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Brendon Swedlow

Northern Illinois University - Political Science

Denise Kall

Duke University

James K. Hammitt

Harvard University

Abstract

This article provides a framework and offers strategies for theorizing and generalizing about risk assessment and regulation developed in the context of an on-going comparative study of regulatory behavior. Construction of a universe of nearly 3,000 risks and study of a random sample of 100 of these risks allowed us to estimate relative U.S. and European regulatory precaution over a thirty-five-year period. Comparative nested analysis of cases selected from this universe of ecological, health, safety, and other risks or its eighteen categories or ninety-two subcategories of risk sources or causes will allow theory-testing and -building and many further descriptive and causal comparative generalizations.

Suggested Citation

Swedlow, Brendon and Kall, Denise and Hammitt, James K., Theorizing and Generalizing About Risk Assessment and Regulation Through Comparative Nested Analysis of Representative Cases. Law & Policy, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 236-269, April 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1378383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2009.00296.x

Brendon Swedlow (Contact Author)

Northern Illinois University - Political Science ( email )

DeKalb, IL 60115
United States
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Denise Kall

Duke University

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

James K. Hammitt

Harvard University ( email )

718 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
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617-432-0190 (Fax)

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