Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment / Edition 1

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Overview

Risk and Reason shows how individual thinking and social interactions lead us in foolish directions. Offering sound proposals for social reform, it explains how a more sensible system of risk regulation, embodied in the idea of a cost-benefit state, could save many thousands of lives and many billions of dollars - and protect the environment in the process.
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"Splendid..." The New Republic

"Valuable insights..." The Washington Times

"Regulatory policy debates often fail to serve a constructive role. Advocates of risk and environmental regulation maintain that only with zero risk will we be safe. Economic critics seek to impose cost-benefit tests on these policies that many believe ignore the distinctive character of safety and the environment. In Risk and Reason, Cass Sunstein eliminates the impasse in the regulatory policy debate with a balanced policy perspective. W. Kip Viscusi, Harvard Law School

"a masterly and multifaceted analysis of government policy towards the protection of the population from risks. The central theme is analyzed in an extraordinary variety of viewpoints. The author has drawn, with deep knowledge and originality, on recent developments in cognitive psychology and in legal doctrine to complement rationalistic and economic viewpoints." Kenneth J. Arrow, Stanford University

"The University of Chicago professor merges psychology, legal doctrine and economic principles to address questions of safety, from terrorism to genetically engineered food." The Washington Post

"...an excellent book...This book could not be more timely." Financial Times

"A thought-provoking and timely introduction to risk..." Forecast

"...fascinating...Sunstein is almost certainly correct in arguing that cost-benefit thinking would eliminate some of the follies of the environmentalism of the 1970's." Commentary

"Professionals in risk assessment and risk management will find this thought-provoking book challenging." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016254
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,033,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Magnitudes, Tradeoffs, and Tools 1
1 Beyond 1970s Environmentalism 10
2 Thinking About Risks 28
3 Are Experts Wrong? 53
4 This Month's Risk (with Timur Kuran) 78
5 Reducing Risks Rationally 99
6 Health-Health Tradeoffs 133
7 The Arithmetic of Arsenic 153
8 Of Courts and Law: Cost-Benefit Default Principles 191
9 Cleaning the Air 229
10 Tools 251
Afterword: On Consequences and Technocrats 289
App. A Worldwide Health Statistics 296
App. B Statistical Risks: U.S. General Mortality Trends 301
App. C Cost-Benefit Numbers for Ozone and Particulates 311
App. D Dose-Response Curves 318
Acknowledgments 325
Index 327
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