UK emergency preparedness - prepared for what?

Geoff O'Brien

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We live in a world of increasing risk. Social and global processes continually construct new kinds of risk. Managing risk is an increasingly important function of government and in the UK has risen up the political agenda in recent years. There is evidence that the recent reform of the UK system of civil protection has been strongly influenced by the terrorist threat. Similar patterns can be seen in Europe and North America. The broader agenda of societal resilience and preparedness has been overshadowed by a security agenda. There is a danger that too great a focus on one form of threat can divert attention from the broader range of threats that we face in the future. This paper posits that preparedness should not be confined to institutional capacity but should include the wider public. There is a danger that neglecting the public will only serve to widen the gulf between state and citizen and weaken resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2007
EventBelfast Solicitors Association Continuing Professional Development Programme - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Duration: 19 Oct 2007 → …


WorkshopBelfast Solicitors Association Continuing Professional Development Programme
Period19/10/07 → …


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