Governing Risks

THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO LAW AND SOCIETY, pp. 292-308, A. Sarat, ed., Blackwell, 2005

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/86

25 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: September 14, 2009

Abstract

This chapter traces the genealogy of risk as a central technology in law and justice, since the turn of the 20th century. It is argued that risk is a highly abstract technology that is capable of taking many forms according to the politics in which it is embedded, and the kinds of problems to which it is applied. While in some fields such as criminology, risk has come to the fore only recently, in civil law - especially tort law - risk has been central since the end of the 19th century, particularly through the influence and place of insurance in providing legal remedies.

Keywords: risk, security, government, governmentality, law, policy

JEL Classification: K10, K13, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Pat, Governing Risks (September 14, 2009). THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO LAW AND SOCIETY, pp. 292-308, A. Sarat, ed., Blackwell, 2005 ; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/86. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1473553

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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