Title
Participation and e-participation : involving stakeholders in the management of food chain risks in the rural economy
Description
Abstract The handling of food safety and agriculturally related issues by the UK authorities has often been found wanting, particularly in relation to wider impact on rural communities and environments: e.g. BSE, E. coli and salmonella contaminations. In particular, the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 had very wide impacts that went far beyond the agricultural sector. This paper reports on the early stages of a project which aims to design and evaluate decision support tools and processes for an approach to participatory risk management and communication which ensures that the views and values of all stakeholders, particularly those in the rural community, are fully integrated into the management process. The project thus forms a first step towards a substantive e-participation system tailored to a particular context and one in which the ultimate decision remains the responsibility of the authorities, but in which considerable stakeholder and citizen involvement is encouraged at all stages of the risk and decision analytic process. We discuss the general context of social risk management, including issues of trust building and risk communication. Then we briefly survey the literature of participation and e-participation with particular emphasis on stakeholder involvement. With this as background we describe how we designed the participation processes which we will implement and explore during the project.
URL
http://wintest.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/mzyxdnz2/WebApplication1/files/9/publications/entry30.aspx
URL Description
Paper
Language
English
Author
Simon French
Author
Andy Hart
Author
John Maule
Author
Richard Shepherd
Author
Clare Bayley
Author
E. Carter
Author
Nan Zhang
Author
Gary Barker
Author
Christoph Mohr

Cynefin; e-participation; food chain risk; public risk communication; social risk management; stakeholder involvement; participation; e-participation; management of food chain risks; rural economy; risk; rural communities; rural environment; stakeholder

Notes
Full list of authors: Simon French, Gary Barker, Clare Bayley, Emma Carter, Andy Hart, John Maule, Christoph Mohr, Richard Shepherd, Nan Zhang
Availability
Online
Body involved
Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU)
Is this item peer reviewed?
No
Publisher
RELU
Date of publication
01 January 2007
Related date
01 January 2005