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The Risk Analysis Controversy: An Institutional Perspective

The Risk Analysis Controversy: An Institutional Perspective

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  • ISBN-13: 9783642819421
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Release Date: Jul 31, 2012
  • Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1982
  • Pages: 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.56 x 11.02 x 8.27 inches


The first summer study at IIASA brought together a cross-section of individ­ uals from different disciplines and nationalities. All the participants have had an interest in the role of risk analysis given the institutional arrangements which guide decision making for new technologies. This book contains edited versions of the papers presented at the meeting as well as a transcript of the discussions which took place. It provides the ingredients for a broader framework fcr studying the problems associated with technology and society where risk is representative of a much wider set of concerns than simply the probability and consequences of a hazardous accident. The Bundesministerium fuer Forschung und Technologie has an interest in promoting risk and safety research because of these new developments in society over the past ten years. In particular, there has been a diminished confidence in experts' statements on risk and a realization that many of the events which are being examined are not subject to detailed scientific analysis. There has also been an increasing recognition that distinctions must be made between analysis of the risk associated with an event and people's values and preferences. Another important development is the concern by the public that they participate more fully in the decision process on these issues. These concerns were articulated in both the papers and the open discussions at the summer study.

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