Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750646833, 9780080516233

Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle

1st Edition

Editors: Julian Morris
Paperback ISBN: 9780750646833
eBook ISBN: 9780080516233
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th September 2000
Page Count: 294
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Contents: 1. Defining the Precautionary Principle, Julian Morris 2. Trial and Error vs Trial Without Error, Aaron Wildavsky 3. The Precautionary Principle and Our Obligations to Future Generations, Wilfred Beckerman 4. Precaution, GM Crops and Farmland Birds, Tony Gilland 5. Genetically Modified Fear and Interntational Regulation of Biotechnology, Henry Miller and Gregory Conko 6. Asteroid Collisions and Precautionary Thinking, Charles Rubin 7. Child Protection and the Precautionary Principle, Helene Guldberg 8. Plastic Panics: European Risk Regulation in the Aftermath of BSE, Bill Durodie 9. The Precautionary Principle as a Force for Global Political Centralization -- a case-study of the Kyoto Protocol, Bruce Yandle 10. Applying the Precautionary Principle in a Broader Context, Indur Goklany 11. A Richter Scale for Risk? John Adams 12. Facts vs Factions - the use and abuse of subjectivity in scientific research, Robert Matthews.

Key Features

Up to date discussion of current issues and scientific controversies. Challenges the claim that the 'precautionary principle' is an appropriate guide to public policy decisions.

Readership

Scientists and policy-makers, health and safety professionals and students. Professionals and academics in public administration and politics. Government and regulatory authorities.

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. Defining the Precautionary Principle, Julian Morris 2. Trial and Error vs Trial Without Error, Aaron Wildavsky 3. The Precautionary Principle and Our Obligations to Future Generations, Wilfred Beckerman 4. Precaution, GM Crops and Farmland Birds, Tony Gilland 5. Genetically Modified Fear and Interntational Regulation of Biotechnology, Henry Miller and Gregory Conko 6. Asteroid Collisions and Precautionary Thinking, Charles Rubin 7. Child Protection and the Precautionary Principle, Helene Guldberg 8. Plastic Panics: European Risk Regulation in the Aftermath of BSE, Bill Durodie 9. The Precautionary Principle as a Force for Global Political Centralization -- a case-study of the Kyoto Protocol, Bruce Yandle 10. Applying the Precautionary Principle in a Broader Context, Indur Goklany 11. A Richter Scale for Risk? John Adams 12. Facts vs Factions - the use and abuse of subjectivity in scientific research, Robert Matthews.

Details

No. of pages:
294
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Butterworth-Heinemann 2000
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
eBook ISBN:
9780080516233
Paperback ISBN:
9780750646833

About the Editor

Julian Morris

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Economic Affairs

Reviews

'this book will be of interest to OHS and environmental managers, practitioners and those studying at diploma or degree level for professional qualifications in these fields. If you have never encountered risk other than in the context of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, then this will provide some thought-provoking perspectives.' Safety & Health Practitioner, Feb. 2002 'This is an illuminating expolration of a wide variety of real and imagined risks, and some of the more absurd responses of modern societies to them' Trans IChemE, Vol. 79, July 2001 'The book is strongly recommended to the many undergraduate students of different disciplines whom are now introduced to health and safety, and to the many professionals now faced with such issues. It will help develop a healthy scepticism so necessary for the professional faced with ever increasing political interference, bureaucracy and regulation'. Professor Sir Bernard Crossland, CBE, FRS, FREng, in The Hazards Forum Newsletter, Spring 2001. 'For a view of risk at the level of society at large, and for a wider perspective on risk in general, it is an interesting read'. Health and Safety at Work, April 2001 Morris is an intelligent and thought-provoking editor, who has gathered within the covers of a single book some of the best and brightest brains in the field of risk assessment and management. The chapter on global warming and Kyoto, by Bruce Yandle, should be made compulsory reading for every green fanatic. Yorkshire Post - 5th April 2001