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Dealing with Risk : Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues - Howard Margolis

Dealing with Risk

Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues

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Published: 1st January 1996
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For decades, policymakers and analysts have been frustrated by the stubborn and often dramatic disagreement between experts and the public on acceptable levels of environmental risk. Most experts, for instance, see no severe problem in dealing with nuclear waste, given the precautions and safety levels now in place. Yet public opinion vehemently rejects this view, repudiating both the experts' analysis and the evidence.
In "Dealing with Risk," Howard Margolis moves beyond the usual "rival rationalities" explanation proffered by risk analysts for the rift between expert and lay opinion. He reveals the conflicts of intuition that undergird those concerns, and proposes a new approach to the psychology of persuasion and belief. Examining the role of intuition, mental habits, and cognitive frameworks in the construction of public opinion, this compelling account bridges the public policy impasse that has plagued controversial environmental issues.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Setting the Stage
The Usual Suspects
How Habits of Mind Govern Intuition
The Risk Matrix
Experts and Victims
Examining Cases
Two Modest Proposals: Some Background
""Do No Harm""
Political Externalities
Afterword
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226505299
ISBN-10: 0226505294
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Type: New edition