The relationship between fear and regulation is not well understood. Fear may be misplaced – think of our outsized fear of sharks, or it may be misused – as when fears of terrorism are used to justify curtailing civil liberties and invading privacy. This panel examines how fear has been misused and misplaced to justify either regulation or inaction.
While the political right may harness fear to resist change, fear (and fearlessness) may play very different roles for environmental activists. This panel explores the role of emotions in galvanising or inhibiting community action.