This study aims to examine the level of publicness in OECD countries and to testthe relationship between publicness and risks. In order to do it, I construct a compositeindex of publicness consisting of four sub-dimensions; public values, socialjustice, democratic civicness, and public openness and compare the level of publicnessacross OECD countries. In addition, I identify four different types of publicnessin OECD countries and analyze the relationship between the publicness typesand public and private risk management capability. The results can be summarizedas follows. 1) the level of publicness is the highest in the northern European countries,such as Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and the lowest in Korea, Japan, andHungary. 2) there are four types of publicness found: participatory republican,government-centered republican, inclusive liberal, and exclusive liberal. Koreashares the distinct characteristics of the exclusive liberal publicness. 3) countriesrepresenting the participatory republican publicness type show better capability toresponding to a broad range of risks, while countries representing the exclusive liberalpublicness type show poor capability. In conclusion, I suggest that it is necessaryto restructure publicness to become more participatory and more inclusive inKorea, in order to reduce risks. Trust and transparency may provide a firm basis forrealizing publicness.