• Paul AlmondEmail author
  • Mike Esbester


This concluding chapter summarises the main findings of the book, including that recent concerns about the supposed crisis of health and safety since 2010 might not be so severe as commonly imagined. Via a series of observations on the legitimacy of health and safety, it highlights the differences between public opinions and attitudes as well as the historical continuities which have shaped health and safety since 1960. Core themes of participation, the contingency of change and the centrality of contest to the development of health and safety are picked out, before a future-oriented section argues for the benefit of looking to the past for insight on the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Area Studies, History, Politics and LiteratureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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