Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle
Elsevier, Sep 19, 2000 - Business & Economics - 294 pages
Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle challenges the claim that the precautionary principle is an appropriate guide to public policy decision-making in the face of uncertainty.
The precautionary principle is frequently invoked as a justification for regulating human activities. From bans on the use of growth hormones in cattle to restrictions on children's playground activities, precautionary thinking seems to be taking over our lives. As the contributors to this book show, such an approach is of dubious utility and may even be counterproductive.
This is a timely and important contribution to the debate on how to manage risk in the modern world. The editor, Julian Morris, is Director of the Environment and Technology Programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He has written widely on issues relating to environmental protection and technological development.
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Chapter 2 Trial and error versus trial without error
Chapter 3 The precautionary principle and our obligations to future generations
Chapter 4 Precaution GM crops and farmland birds
Chapter 5 Genetically modified fear and the international regulation
Chapter 6 Asteroid collisions and precautionary thinking
Chapter 7 Child protection and the precautionary principle
European risk regulation in the aftermath of BSE
Chapter 9 The precautionary principle as a force for global political
Chapter 10 Applying the precautionary principle in a broader context
Chatper 11 A Richter scale for risk?
the use and abuse of subjectivity in scientific research