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Risk vs. Risk

Tradeoffs in Protecting Health and the Environment

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$44.00 • £35.95 • €39.50

ISBN 9780674773073

Publication Date: 09/30/1997


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 computer line illustrations, 14 tables


One would be hard pressed to find a more important topic than risk tradeoff. Whether addressing the health of individuals or the ecosystem of the planet, Graham and Wiener advocate a proactive, holistic approach rather than heuristic, piecemeal reactions to important, even pathbreaking book.—James B. Lane, Political Science Quarterly

This book goes well beyond most of the extant risk analysis works currently available...Professionals and policymakers should find this volume quite useful and thought provoking...This work might also begin a dialogue that will help develop a more holistic way of thinking about our problems and stimulate demand for a more democratic and informed policymaking process.—John S. Klemanski, Perspectives on Political Science

John Graham and Jonathan Wiener develop their thesis that unless risk tradeoffs are considered in reducing risks, well intentioned, costly measures may fail to deliver the expected protection of the environment, safety or health. In brief, Graham and Wiener begin by describing a framework for ‘risk tradeoff analysis,’ then document the significance and complexity of risk tradeoffs in a range of real-world issues, and conclude by proposing a holistic approach to reducing risk. Professionals and policymakers engaged in risk management and risk communication will find this book illuminating and immensely useful.—Mona S. Rowe, Health Physics Society

In recent years changing lifestyles and shifts in the distribution of resources have been accompanied by growing concerns about risks to health, safety and the environment. The key argument in this book is that policies to combat such risks may themselves introduce ‘countervailing risks’ which can serve to offset the positive effects of policy intervention. This leads to the idea that ‘risk tradeoffs’ must be considered in order to prevent well-intentioned programmes from causing perverse outcomes. The book aims to develop a framework for risk tradeoff analysis (RTA) which should enable decision-makers, at a personal, social or government level, to weigh all existing and potential risks with care in seeking solutions to reduce overall risk...[The case study] chapters each make fascinating reading in themselves and cover issues ranging from the recycling of lead in batteries to hormone replacement therapy for women with menopausal problems...Risk tradeoff analysis is seen as having the potential to stimulate the development of forms of intervention to confront, if not always to resolve, risk tradeoffs and the need to take a more holistic approach to risk reduction here at least incorporates recognition of the need for cultural change.—Meg Huby, Health, Risk & Society [UK]

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