Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 342 pages
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What should be done about airplane safety and terrorism, global warming, polluted water, nuclear power, and genetically engineered food? Decision-makers often respond to temporary fears, and 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. Cass R. Sunstein is the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Television Broadcasters. His many books include Republic.com (Princeton, 2001) and Designing Democracy (Oxford, 2001). He has worked in the United States Department of Justice and advised on law reform and constitution-making in many nations.
 

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Wow - I had to speed through this in two days (part of some research for a class). Anyway, he didn't completely convince me about the need for cost-benefit analysis in every instance. His arguments ... Read full review

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Contents

Beyond 1970s Environmentalist
10
Thinking About Risks
28
Are Experts Wrong?
53
This Months Risk with Timur Kuran
78
Reducing Risks Rationally
99
Health Health Tradeoffs
133
The Arithmetic of Arsenic
153
Of Courts and Law CostBenefit Default Principles
191
Tools
251
On Consequences and Technocrats
289
Worldwide Health Statistics
296
Statistical Risks US General Mortality Trends
301
CostBenefit Numbers for Ozone and Particulates
311
DoseResponse Curves
318
Acknowledgments
325
Index
327

Cleaning the Air
229

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Cass R. Sunstein is a law professor at Harvard Law School and is the most cited law professor in the United States.

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