THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO LAW AND SOCIETY, pp. 292-308, A. Sarat, ed., Blackwell, 2005
25 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 14, 2009
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: 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