Understanding Risk addresses a central dilemma of risk decisionmaking in a democracy: detailed scientific and technical information is essential for making decisions, but the people who make and live with those decisions are not scientists. The key task of risk characterization is to provide needed and appropriate information to decisionmakers and the public. This important new volume illustrates that making risks understandable to the public involves much more than translating scientific knowledge. The volume also draws conclusions about what society should expect from risk characterization and offers clear guidelines and principles for informing the wide variety of risk decisions that face our increasingly technological society.
Understanding Risk discusses how risk characterization has fallen short in many recent controversial decisions. Throughout the text, examples and case studies—such as planning for the long-term ecological health of the Everglades or deciding on the operation of a waste incinerator—bring key concepts to life. Understanding Risk will be important to anyone involved in risk issues: federal, state, and local policymakers and regulators; risk managers; scientists; industrialists; researchers; and concerned individuals.
National Research Council. 1996. Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/5138.
|1 THE IDEA OF RISK CHARACTERIZATION||11-36|
|2 JUDGMENT IN THE RISK DECISION PROCESS||37-72|
|5 INTEGRATING ANALYSIS AND DELIBERATION||118-132|
|6 IMPLEMENTING THE NEW APPROACH||133-154|
|7 PRINCIPLES FOR RISK CHARACTERIZATION||155-166|
|A SIX CASES IN RISK ANALYSES AND CHARACTERIZATION||167-198|
|B COMMON APPROACHES TO DELIBERATION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION||199-206|
|C BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES||207-213|
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