Risks and the Waning of Compromise in Politics

  • Volker Ronge


My so far modest share in the field of risk research (which is by no means something clearly defined and homogeneous) has been to introduce some basic and, to my mind, essential information about political, economic, and social aspects underlying risk generation and risk taking, decisions, and reflections on risk (Ronge 1980). I held it necessary to remind risk researchers that these “fundamentals” of their analyses were still mainly technical in character at that time. This introduction of sociological knowldge was intended to promote risk reflections and decisions, i.e., to make them more realistic and effective. My present intention is different, and at first it will appear to be more external and less helpful. I am going to bring into risk debates—which, I suspect, have integrated some sociological thinking meanwhile—some concrete information about society which, to my mind, must affect risk decision making in the first instance, and risk research in the second.


Political System Social Movement Political Institution Political Decision Social Consensus 
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© International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg/Austria 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker Ronge
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  1. 1.Infratest SozialforschungMünchen 19Germany

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