Light me up: power and expertise in risk communication and policy-making in the e-cigarette health debates

Adekola, J. , Fischbacher-Smith, D. and Fischbacher-Smith, M. (2019) Light me up: power and expertise in risk communication and policy-making in the e-cigarette health debates. Journal of Risk Research, 22(10), pp. 1294-1308. (doi: 10.1080/13669877.2018.1473463)

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This paper presents a detailed account of policy-making in a contemporary risk communication arena, where strong power dynamics are at play that have hitherto lacked theoretical analysis and empirical validation. Specifically, it expands on the understanding of how public health policy decisions are made when there is a weak evidential base and where multiple interpretations, power dynamics and values are brought to bear on issues of risk and uncertainty. The aim of the paper is to understand the role that power and expertise play in shaping public health risk communication within policy-related debates. By drawing on insight from a range of literatures, the paper argues that there several interacting factors that shape how a particular narrative gains prominence within a wider set of perspectives and how the arguments and findings associated with that perspective become amplified within the context of policy choices. These findings are conceptualised into a new model – a policy evaluation risk communication (PERC) framework – and are then tested using the Electronic cigarette debate as a case study.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Denis and Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Moira and Adekola, Dr Josephine
Authors: Adekola, J., Fischbacher-Smith, D., and Fischbacher-Smith, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:Journal of Risk Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-4461
Published Online:14 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Risk Research 22(10):1294-1308
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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