In this book, representatives of government, industry, universities, and public interest groups consider the emerging art of risk assessment and discuss the issues and problems involved. They look at two failures in technological risk management–Three Mile Island and Love Canal; examine the dimensions of technological risk; tackle the difficult question of how safe is "safe enough"; and offer a set of research priorities.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Failures in Managing Technological Risk -- Overview: Cases in Point -- Why Government Must Make a Mess of Technological Risk Management -- Three Mile Island: Lessons for America -- Three Mile Island: Lessons for Government -- Love Canal: A Review of Government Actions -- Love Canal: Uncertain Science, Politics, and Law -- The Structure of Technological Risk -- Overview: Causality, Perception, and Uncertainty in Technological Risk -- Causal Structure: A Framework for Policy Formulation -- Rating the Risks: The Structure of Expert and Lay Perceptions -- The Regulation of Carcinogenic Hazards -- Defining Tolerable Risk Levels -- Overview: Towards Determining Acceptable Risk -- Comment on Societal Risk -- Risks of Risk Decisions -- Dealing with Industrial Health Risks: A Stepwise Goal-Oriented Concept -- Longevity Benefits and Costs of Reducing Various Risks -- Agenda for Research -- Overview: Two Research Perspectives -- Issues in Risk Analysis -- A Proposal for International Risk Management Research
Christoph Hohenemser, Jeanne X. Kasperson