© 2000

Cross-Cultural Risk Perception

A Survey of Empirical Studies

  • Ortwin Renn
  • Bernd Rohrmann

Part of the Technology, Risk, and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-10
  2. Bernd Rohrmann, Ortwin Renn
    Pages 11-53
  3. Paul Slovic, James Flynn, C. K. Mertz, Marc Poumadère, Claire Mays
    Pages 55-102
  4. Lennart Sjöberg, Daniela Kolarova, Alina-Anca Rucai, Marie-Louise Bernström
    Pages 145-183
  5. Eugene A. Rosa, Noriyuki Matsuda, Randall R. Kleinhesselink
    Pages 185-210
  6. Ortwin Renn, Bernd Rohrmann
    Pages 211-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 234-241

About this book


Cross-Cultural Risk Perception demonstrates the richness and wealth of theoretical insights and practical information that risk perception studies can offer to policy makers, risk experts, and interested parties. The book begins with an extended introduction summarizing the state of the art in risk perception research and core issues of cross-cultural comparisons. The main body of the book consists of four cross-cultural studies on public attitudes towards risk in different countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Japan, and China. The last chapter critically discusses the main findings from these studies and proposes a framework for understanding and investigating cross-cultural risk perception. Finally, implications for communication, regulation and management are outlined.
The two editors, sociologist Ortwin Renn (Center of Technology Assessment, Germany) and psychologist Bernd Rohrmann (University of Melbourne, Australia), have been engaged in risk research for the last three decades. They both have written extensively on this subject and provided new empirical and theoretical insights into the growing body of international risk perception research.


communication management perception

Editors and affiliations

  • Ortwin Renn
    • 1
  • Bernd Rohrmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Technology AssessmentStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of MelbourneAustralia

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'This is a highly valuable book. The vast and comprehensive empirical data involved and nontrivial findings of the book provide a significant contribution to understanding risk perception in international perspective [
Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, June (2002)