Margins for Survival - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080233727, 9781483279299

Margins for Survival

1st Edition

Overcoming Political Limits in Steering Technology

Authors: Edward Wenk
eBook ISBN: 9781483279299
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 214
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Description

Margins for Survival: Overcoming Political Limits in Steering Technology examines the political limits as revealed by institutional behavior in the deliberate act of steering technology to produce socially satisfactory outcomes. This book provides an awareness of the predicaments toward which technology-intensive public policy must be generated and tuned.

Organized into 11 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the common features of war, poverty, social injustice, ecological instability, and dehumanization. This text then examines the peril of brutality through psychological–emotional threats of deprivation of basic human rights, dignity, and freedom. Other chapters consider the deprivation individual opportunity for equanimity and self-expression and deprivation of equitable access to resources. This book discusses as well the various step of progress toward risk reduction that involves techniques of social machinery. The final chapter deals with the meaning of life with freedom, dignity, and self-esteem.

This book is a valuable resource for political leaders.

Table of Contents


Preface


1 Introduction


The Precarious Situation


The Politicizing of Knowledge: Integrating Technology, Society and the State


Survival: A Neglected Governmental Responsibility


2 Threats to Survival


An Inventory of Global Dangers: From Nuclear Terror to Loss of Freedom


The Nuclear Example


Scales of Lethality


Coping with Risk: Safety and Self-Preservation


Social and Technological Risk Abatement


Recent Rehearsals and Close Shaves


3 New Enigmas


The Emerging Trap of Complexity


The Technological System


Interdependencies and Side Effects


Ignorance, Blunder, Folly and Mischief


4 Political Dimensions of Public Policy


Government as a Steering System


Decision Intelligence for System Guidance


Political Power and Political Will


Miscalculations from Political Process


Testing Decisions by Political Results


A Political Focus to Survival: A Summary


5 Truth and Consequences in Failing to Look Ahead


Stress in Decision Making


The Ticking Clock


Pathologies of the Short Run


Clocking and Ranking of Policy Outcomes


Unraveling Kinetics of Political Choice


Underlying Causes of Nearsightedness and Tunnel Vision


6 Coping with Future Threats


An Anthology of Prescriptions


An Anthology of Prescriptions


Refocusing the Inquiry


People and Personhood


7 New Scarcities


Scarcity of Time


Scarcity of Activists


Scarcity of Reserves


8 Strategies of Technological Choice: New Social Learning for Collective Security


Appreciating the Situation: A Cultural Stance


Survival

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No. of pages:
214
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Pergamon 1979
Published:
Imprint:
Pergamon
eBook ISBN:
9781483279299

About the Author

Edward Wenk

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