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Societal Risk Assessment

How Safe is Safe Enough?

  • Richard C. Schwing
  • Walter A. AlbersJr.

Part of the General Motors Research Laboratories book series (RLSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Risks We Run and the Risks We “Accept”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. William W. Lowrance
      Pages 5-17
    3. Marvin A. Schneiderman
      Pages 19-41
    4. Barbara E. Sabey, Harold Taylor
      Pages 43-70
  3. “Acceptability” with Fixed Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-87
    2. Ronald A. Howard
      Pages 89-113
    3. Lester B. Lave
      Pages 115-128
    4. Richard C. Schwing
      Pages 129-145
  4. “Acceptability” in a Democracy — Who Shall Decide?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-180
    2. Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, Sarah Lichtenstein
      Pages 181-216
    3. William D. Schulze
      Pages 217-231
    4. Dorothy Nelkin, Michael Pollak
      Pages 233-253
  5. Directions and Perspectives of Societal Risk Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Michael Thompson
      Pages 273-285
    3. Melvin Kranzberg
      Pages 319-332
    4. Richard C. Schwing, Walter A. Albers Jr.
      Pages 333-338
    5. Howard Raiffa
      Pages 339-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-363

About this book

Introduction

This volume constitutes the papers and discussions from a symposium on "Societal Risk Assessment: How Safe is Safe Enough?" held at the General Motors Research Laboratories on October 8-9, 1979. This symposium was the twenty-fourth in an annual series sponsored by the Research Laboratories. Initi­ ated in 1957, these symposia have as their objective the promotion of the interchange ofknowledge among specialists from many allied disciplines in rapidly developing or changing areas ofscience or technology. Attendees characteristically represent the academic, government, and industrial institutions that are noted for their ongoing activities in the particular area of interest. The objective of this symposium was to develop a balanced view of the current status of societal risk assessment's role in the public policy process and then to establish, if possible, future directions of research. Accordingly, the symposium was structured in two dimensions; certainty versus uncertainty and the subjective versus the objective. Furthermore, people representing extremely diverse discip­ lines concerned with the perception, quantification, and abatement of risks were brought together to provide an environment that stimulated the exchange of ideas and experiences. The keys to this exchange were the invited papers, arranged into four symposium sessions. These papers appear in this volume in the order of their presentation. The discussions that in turn followed from the papers are also included.

Keywords

environment research risk assessment

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard C. Schwing
    • 1
  • Walter A. AlbersJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.General Motors Research LaboratoriesWarrenUSA

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