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This project was designed as part of the implementation of the Seveso Directive on the major accident hazards of certain industrial activities. It follows a number of empirical social research projects sponsored by the Commission, and represents an attempt to achieve some theoretical synthesis and assistance for policy. Two centres were chosen for the research, representing different institutional cultures, Italy and the United Kingdom. The project was organised in several phases, alternating between theoretical development and empirical research. The report covers a discussion of uncertainty and its communication. Observations on the significant differences among institutional cultures in relation to uncertainties are made.

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Authors: DE MANCHI B, ISIG, Gorizia (IT);FUNTOWICZ S, JRC Ispra (IT);RAVETZ J, Research Methods Consultancy, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15268 EN (1993) 31 pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from Joint Research Centre, Publication Department, I-21020 Ispra (Va.) (IT)
Record Number: 199511575 / Last updated on: 1995-12-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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