Agencies Regulating Risks

The Handbook on Regulatory Authorities - Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022

21 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2023

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Lorenzo Allio

️Allio Rodrigo Consulting

Nicoletta Rangone

LUMSA University

Date Written: June 6, 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated ongoing developments in decision-making, which bring the notion of risk and the agencies responsible for its assessment and management at the forefront of the government agenda. The current centrality of risk regulation is dictated by the commitment by governments to achieve ambitious yet imperative sustainability objectives, and by the need to manage the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It lays against the overall debate about the role of science in informing policy decisions and the level of societal acceptance of risk and uncertainty. This chapter briefly takes stock of the fundamentals of risk regulation literature and proposes six topical themes that affect the future position of regulatory agencies – spanning from global crisis management to scientific integrity; from the regulation-innovation interface to enhancing government effectiveness through algorithmic regulation. The chapter then presents ideas on how to shape “Better Risk Regulation”, which will allow governments to adequately address the challenges and meet the opportunities of contemporary society.

Keywords: Risk regulation; regulatory science; COVID-19 pandemic; algorithmic regulation; cognitive-based regulation, Better Regulation

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Allio, Lorenzo and Rangone, Nicoletta, Agencies Regulating Risks (June 6, 2022). The Handbook on Regulatory Authorities - Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, Available at SSRN: or

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️Allio Rodrigo Consulting

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