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Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle
     

Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle

by Cass R. Sunstein
 

ISBN-10: 0521848237

ISBN-13: 9780521848237

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

Overview

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:
9780521848237
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Seeley Lectures Series , #6
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(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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