1st Edition

Risk Management Volume I: Theories, Cases, Policies and Politics

By Gerald Mars, David T. H. Weir Copyright 2000

    First published in 2000, Risk Management is a two volume set, comprised of the most significant and influential articles by the leading authorities in the studies of risk management. The volumes includes a full-length introduction from the editor, an internationally recognized expert, and provides an authoritative guide to the selection of essays chosen, and to the wider field itself. The collections of essays are both international and interdisciplinary in scope and provide an entry point for investigating the myriad of study within the discipline.


    Series Preface


    Part I: Theories and Background

    Risk as a Forensic Resource: From 'Chance' to 'Danger', Mary Douglas

    2. From Industrial Society to the Risk Society: Questions of Survival, Social Structure and Ecological Enlightenment, Ulrich Beck

    3. Managing Crime Risks: Toward an Insurance Based Model of Social Control, Nancy Reichman

    4. The Psychology of Risk Perception, Nick Pidgeon

    5. Theories of Risk Perception: Who Fears What and Why?, Aaron Wildavsky and Karl Drake

    6. Human Factor Failure and the Comparative Structure of Jobs, Gerald Mars

    7. Management of Radiation Hazards and Hospitals: Plural Rationalities in a Single Institution, Steve Rayner

    8. Explaining Risk Perception: An Empirical Evaluation of Cultural Theory, Lennart Sjoberg

    Part II: Theories and Cases

    9. The Organizational and Interorganizational Development of Disasters, Barry A. Turner

    10. Causes of Disaster: Sloppy Management, Barry A. Turner;

    11. Communications Factors in System Failure or Why Big Planes Crash and Big Businesses Fail, David T.H. Weir

    12. Understanding Industrial Crises, Paul Shrivastava, Ian I. Mitroff, Danny Miller, and Anil Miglani

    13. Prosaic Organizational Failure, Lee Clarke and Charles Perrow

    14. Organizational Escalation and Exit: Lessons from the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, Jerry Ross and Barry M. Staw

    15. Challenging the Orthodoxy in Risk Management, Clive Smallman;

    16. Roger Boisjoly and the Challenger Disaster: The Ethical Dimensions, Roger Boisjoly, Ellen Foster Curtis and Eugene Mellican

    17. Industrial Sabotage: Motives and Meanings, Laurie Taylor and Paul Walton

    18. Crime and Punishment in the Factory: The Function of Deviancy in Maintaining the Social System, Joseph Bensman and Israel Gerver

    19. A Sociological Analysis of Dud Behaviour in the United States Army, H. Eugene Hodges

    20. Sioux City, Iowa USA, 19th July 1989, Malcolm MacPherson

    Part 3: Policies and Politics

    21. Endemic and Planned Corruption in a Monarchical Regime, John Waterbury

    22. Control Over Bureaucracy: Cultural Theory and Institutional Variety, Christopher Hood

    23. Major Chemical Accidents in Industrializing Countries: The Socio-Political Amplification of Risk, Marcello Firpo de Souza Porto and Carlos Machado de Freitas

    24. Rumours and Crises: A Case Study of the Banking Industry, Christophe Roux-Dufort and Thierry C. Pauchant

    25. Time, Glenda, Please, John Dodd

    26. Risk Communication and the Social Amplification of Risk; Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications, Nick Pidgeon

    27. TSI and Government Intervention in the Management of Risk-Taking in the Banking Industry, David Marshall

    28. Risk and Governance Part I: The Discourses of Climate Change, Michael Thompson, Steve Rayner and Steven Ney

    29. Risk and Governance Part II: Policy in a Complex and Plurally Perceived World, Michael Thompson, Steve Rayner and Steven Ney



    Gerald Mars, Honorary Professor of Anthropology, University College, London, UK and David T.H. Weir, Professor, CERAM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France

    "... the volumes do bring together many key articles that should be read by all with an interest in risk management - the explosion of risk-related issues, from foot and mouth disease, Californian electricity regulation and Railtrack's ongoing problems to the Turnbull Report, all indicate that the field will grow in recognised importance during this century." Risk Management: An International Journal