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Dealing with risk : why the public and the experts disagree on environmental issues, Howard Margolis

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Dealing with risk : why the public and the experts disagree on environmental issues
Title
Dealing with risk
Title remainder
why the public and the experts disagree on environmental issues
Statement of responsibility
Howard Margolis
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • For decades, both policymakers and analysts have been frustrated by sharp and stubborn conflicts between expert and lay perceptions on issues of environmental risk. For example, most experts - even those opposed to nuclear power on other grounds - would see precautions like those now in place as adequate to protect against risks from nuclear waste. But the public finds that very hard to believe. Similar sharp conflicts of expert/lay intuition are evident on a wide range of risk issues, from the safety of bendictin as a treatment for morning sickness to the safety of irradiation of food to destroy microorganisms. In Dealing with Risk, Howard Margolis explores the expert/lay rift surrounding such contentious issues and provides a provocative new account
  • The usual explanation of expert/lay conflicts is that experts are focused only on a narrow notion of risk - such as potential fatalities - but lay intuition is concerned about a wide range of further concerns, such as fairness and voluntariness of exposure. Margolis argues that this "rival rationalities" view in a fundamental way misses the point of these controversies, since the additional dimensions of lay concern often are more plausibly interpreted as reflections of lay concern than as causes
  • Margolis argues that risk assessment typically involves weighing a broad range of often complicated trade-offs between costs and benefits. As laypersons, however, we are by definition forced to make judgments on complex matters beyond the scope of our normal experience. Especially in cases involving potential danger, we frequently discount nuance and respond more viscerally. Cognitively we fall back on default responses, all-purpose intuitions such as "better safe than sorry" or "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Such intuitions don't admit of careful balancing of pros and cons, and lay opinion consequently becomes polarized and at odds with the expert view
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DLC
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Margolis, Howard
Dewey number
363.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GE145
LC item number
.M37 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Environmental policy
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
Label
Dealing with risk : why the public and the experts disagree on environmental issues, Howard Margolis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 227 p.
Isbn
9780226505251
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96003305
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (CaMWU)u971437-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJP-3653
  • (OCoLC)34192448
Label
Dealing with risk : why the public and the experts disagree on environmental issues, Howard Margolis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 227 p.
Isbn
9780226505251
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96003305
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u971437-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJP-3653
  • (OCoLC)34192448

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