Conclusion: Governing risks in Britain and beyond

Arwen P. Mohun*, Thomas Le Roux, Tom Crook, Mike Esbester

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In the conclusion, Mohun, Le Roux, Crook and Esbester draw together the key themes of the volume, demonstrating how risk and risk-related problems are a valuable means of rethinking how Britons have been governed. The conclusion also suggests avenues for further exploration. Central to this are the links made to nations and practices beyond Britain, drawing from and differing to the British experience, and which require further detailed examination. The relationships between governing risk, industrial capitalism and the rise of the modern liberal state are particularly significant in opening up areas for comparative and transnational research. The chapter therefore sets an agenda for future work on Britain and more widely.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning Risks in Modern Britain
Subtitle of host publicationDanger, Safety and Accidents, c. 1800-2000
EditorsTom Crook, Mike Esbester
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-46745-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-46744-7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016


  • social contract
  • governing risk
  • industrial capitalism
  • liberal ideology
  • fire insurance


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