© 1989

Social Decision Methodology for Technological Projects

  • Charles Vlek
  • George Cvetkovich

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Thom Bezembinder
    Pages 15-37
  3. Robert De Hoog, Eric Breuker, Tibert Van Dijk
    Pages 153-172
  4. Joop Van Der Pligt
    Pages 235-252
  5. Uriel Rosenthal, Menno J. Van Duin
    Pages 277-295
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-339

About this book


This book grew out of the conviction that the preparation and management of large-scale technological projects can be substantially improved. We have witnessed the often unhappy course of societal and political decision making concerning projects such as hazardous chemical installations, novel types of electric power plant or storage sites for solid wastes. This has led us to believe that probabilistic risk analysis, technical reliability analysis and environm,ental impact analysis are necessary but insufficient for making acceptable, and justifiable, social decisions about such projects. There is more to socio-technical decision making than applying acceptance rules based on neglige ably low accident probabilities or on maximum credible accidents. Consideration must also be given to psychological, social and political issues and methods of decision making. Our conviction initially gave rise to an international experts' workshop titled 'Social decision methodology for technological projects' (SDMTP) and held in May 1986 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, at a time when Cvetkovich spent a sabbatical there. The work­ shop - aimed at surveying the issues and listing the methods to address them - was the first part of an effort whose second part was directed at the production of this volume. Plans called for the book to deal systematically with the main problems of socio-technical decision making; it was to list a number of useful approaches and methods; and it was to present a number of integrative conclusions and recommendations for both policy makers and methodologists.


decision analysis decision making management modeling social choice

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles Vlek
    • 1
  • George Cvetkovich
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Western Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Decision Methodology for Technological Projects
  • Editors C.A. Vlek
    G. Cvetkovich
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0371-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7593-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2425-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Management
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
    Economic Policy
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