Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment

Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment

by Cass R Sunstein


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521791991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/11/2008
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Beyond 1970s environmentalism; 2. Thinking about risks; 3. Are the experts wrong?; 4. This month's risk (with Timur Kuran); 5. Reducing risks rationally; 6. Health-health tradeoffs; 7. The arithmetic of arsenic; 8. Of courts and law: cost-benefit default principles; 9. Cleaning the air; 10. Tools.

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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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