Acceptable Risk (Paperback)

Author: Fischoff, B.

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The common denominator of a growing number of hard decisions facing modern societies is the need to determine, "How safe is safe enough?" Nuclear power, recombinant DNA, food additives, and the DC-10 are just a few of the products of technological progress that raise this question. The authors begin by defining acceptable-risk problems and analyzing why they are so difficult to resolve, considering such issues as uncertainty about their definition, lack of relevant facts, conflicting and conflicted social values, and disagreements between technical experts and the lay public. Drawing on their own experience in risk management as well as the relevant research literatures in psychology, engineering, operations research, economics, management and political science, they identify and characterize the variety of methods that have been proposed for resolving acceptable-risk problems. They subject these methods to a rigorous critique in terms of philosophical presuppositions, technical feasibility, political acceptability, and validity of underlying assumptions about human behavio

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521278928
SKU 30471473
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521278929
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0204
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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