Significant risks pervade every sector of modern society--from food production to transportation to nuclear power plants. As advanced technology gives birth to these new and unforeseen risks, acceptable levels of societal risk-taking must be determined. This volume attempts to present a balanced view of risk assessment and its role in the public policy process. Representing diverse disciplines and experiences, the outstanding contributors to this volume apply their unique perspectives to discussions of the perception, quantification, and abatement of risk. Two major approaches to the nature of risk are applied: the certain versus the uncertain, and the subjective versus the objective. Uncertain risks, such as exposure to hazardous materials, are explored together with the certain risks of the highway. Subjective and objective perceptions of risk and their effects on decision making are detailed, as are the economic tools for risk reduction. The process of determining acceptable risks in a democracy is explored at length, as are other controversial issues of national concern. The concluding chapters present problems and procedures in the regulation of technological risk, the role of law in regulating risk, and the aesthetics of risk. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the General Motors Symposium on Societal Risk Assessment, held in Warren, Michigan, October 7-9, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Plenum Publishing Company

    227 West 17th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10011
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 363 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334052
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM