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    DescriptionWhat should be done about airplane safety and terrorism, global warming, polluted water, nuclear power, and genetically engineered food? All over the globe, risks to safety, health, and the environment are a subject of intense interest. Too much of the time we fear the wrong things. Sometimes we make the situation even worse. Rather than investigating the facts, we respond to temporary fears. The result is a situation of hysteria and neglect - and unnecessary illness and death. Risk and Reason explains the sources of these problems and explores what can be done about them. It 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 too - and protect the environment in the process.


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    Title
    Risk and Reason
    Subtitle
    Safety, Law, and the Environment
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cass R. Sunstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 530 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521016254
    ISBN 10: 0521016258
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
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    BIC subject category V2: JPA, L
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    Libri: I-PL
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    B&T General Subject: 670
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
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    BIC subject category V2: JMB, JMA
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 363.1
    Abridged Dewey: 368
    DC22: 368
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY000000
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    LC classification: HD61.S86 2, HD61 .S86 2002
    BISAC V2.8: POL029000
    Thema V1.0: JPA, JMB, JMA, JBF
    Illustrations note
    17 b/w illus. 41 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    11 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    '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 that recognizes the legitimacy of these competing concerns. Sunstein's carefully crafted analysis shows how the limits on society's resources can be reconciled with a vigorous effort to protect citizens and the environment.' W. Kip Viscusi, Harvard Law School 'Cass Sunstein is an outstanding scholar and I have been vastly impressed by almost everything I have read of his. This work explains and justifies the increasing use of cost-benefit analysis in American regulatory contexts. It reveals how the technique, when suitably adapted, can counteract 'irrationalities' in the perception of risks. I appreciate Sunstein's clarity of expression and fluidity of style; and he is able to draw on empirical and other studies while remaining reader-friendly in his approach.' Anthony Ogus, University of Manchester 'Professor Sunstein has contributed a masterly and multifaceted analysis of government policy towards the protection of the population from risks. The central theme, the use of rational methods, mainly cost-benefit analysis, but also more market-based forms of regulation, is analyzed from 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 'In his fine book Risk and Reason, Cass R. Sunstein offers a wide-ranging analysis of the problem of managing environmental health risks.' Science 'Sunstein offers a sophisticated argument as to how we should reason about risk through cost-benefit analysis, and how this reasoning can improve risk regulation. This book is worth reading, both because of its comprehensive scholarship and because it exemplifies a particular approach to law and economics.' Journal of Law and Society
    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.