An examination of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches towards the management of risk.
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An examination of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches towards the management of risk.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203501337
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 9/26/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 958 KB

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Anticipation in risk management: a stitch in time? 10
Anticipationism Versus Resilience 10
Anticipating the Risks Posed by Natural Perils 14
Hazard Engineering 31
Resilience, Flexibility, and Diversity in Managing the Risks of Technologies 40
Ch. 3 Liability and blame: pointing the finger or nobody's fault 46
Absolutionism Versus Blame 46
Criminal Law, Blame and Risk: Corporate Manslaughter 50
The Problem of Blame 61
Blame, Punishment and Risk Management 72
Ch. 4 Quantitative risk assessment and risk management: risk policy by numbers 84
The Extent to Which "Statistics are Signs from God" 84
Quantitative Risk Assessment and Decisions About Risk: An Essential Input into the Decision Process 87
Limits to the Mathematical Modelling of Disasters 99
Ch. 5 Designing institutions: a house of cards? 111
The Feasibility of Institutional Design in Risk Management 111
Risk and Disaster: The Role of Communications Breakdown in Plane Crashes and Business Failure 114
Criteria for the Design of Hazard Mitigation Institutions 127
Ch. 6 Counting the cost 141
Risk Reduction, But at What Price? 141
Is Safety a By-Product of Quality Management? 144
Risk Management: An Economist's Approach 155
Ch. 7 Participation in risk management decisions 161
To What Extent is Risk Management Best Left to Experts? 161
Technocracy, Democracy, Secrecy and Error 164
Risk Management, Post-Normal Science, and Extended Peer Communities 172
Exploring the Role of Civic Science in Risk Management 182
Ch. 8 The regulatory target: products and structures - or people and organizations? 193
Should Regulation be Targeted on Physical Products or Institutional Processes? 193
Risk and Emerging Technology: The Case of Process-Based Regulation of Biotechnology in Europe 195
Ch. 9 Conclusion: learning from your desk lamp 205
Homeostatic Versus Collibrationist Approaches to Risk Management 205
Where Extremes Meet: "Sprat" Versus "Shark" in Public Risk Management 208
Bibliography 229
Index 245
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