Understanding Risk addresses a central dilemma of risk decisionmaking in a democracy: detailed scientific and technical information is essential for making decisions, but the people who make and live with those decisions are not scientists. The key task of risk characterization is to provide needed and appropriate information to decisionmakers and the public. This important new volume illustrates that making risks understandable to the public involves much more than translating scientific knowledge. The volume also draws conclusions about what society should expect from risk characterization and offers clear guidelines and principles for informing the wide variety of risk decisions that face our increasingly technological society. Understanding Risk
Table of Contents
|1 THE IDEA OF RISK CHARACTERIZATION||11-36|
|2 JUDGMENT IN THE RISK DECISION PROCESS||37-72|
|5 INTEGRATING ANALYSIS AND DELIBERATION||118-132|
|6 IMPLEMENTING THE NEW APPROACH||133-154|
|7 PRINCIPLES FOR RISK CHARACTERIZATION||155-166|
|A SIX CASES IN RISK ANALYSES AND CHARACTERIZATION||167-198|
|B COMMON APPROACHES TO DELIBERATION AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION||199-206|
|C BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES||207-213|
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