Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle / Edition 1

Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle / Edition 1

by Cass R. Sunstein, Sunstein Cass R.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521615127

ISBN-13: 9780521615129

Pub. Date: 06/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is about the complex relationship between fear, danger, and the law. Cass Sunstein argues that the precautionary principle is incoherent and potentially paralyzing, as risks exist on all sides of social situations and there is no 'general' precautionary principle as such. His insight into The Laws of Fear represents a major statement for the contemporary…  See more details below

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This book is about the complex relationship between fear, danger, and the law. Cass Sunstein argues that the precautionary principle is incoherent and potentially paralyzing, as risks exist on all sides of social situations and there is no 'general' precautionary principle as such. His insight into The Laws of Fear represents a major statement for the contemporary world from one of the most influential political and legal theorists writing today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521615129
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Seeley Lectures Series, #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,221,427
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Problems: 1. Precautions and paralysis; 2. Behind the precautionary principle; 3. Worst case scenarios; 4. Fear as wildfire; Part II. Solutions: 5. Reconstructing the precautionary principle - and managing fear; 6. Costs and benefits; 7. Democracy, rights, and distribution; 8. Libertarian paternalism with Richard Thaler; 9. Fear and liberty; A concluding note: fear and folly; Index.

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