Risk and Society: The Interaction of Science, Technology and Public Policy

  • Editors
  • Marvin Waterstone

Part of the Technology, Risk, and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Marvin Waterstone
      Pages 1-12
  3. Risk, Science and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-15
    2. Helen Ingram, H. Brinton Milward, Wendy Laird
      Pages 33-53
  4. Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

  5. Nuclear Power and Nuclear Waste Disposal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-99
    2. James K. Asselstine, Susanna Eden, Marvin Waterstone
      Pages 101-120
    3. Morris Farr
      Pages 121-124
    4. Ronald D. Milo
      Pages 125-134
  6. Setting Standards for Air Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-137
    2. Milton Russell
      Pages 139-164
    3. David S. Baron
      Pages 173-178
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-179

About this book


Life in the last quarter of the twentieth century presents a baffling array of complex issues. The benefits of technology are arrayed against the risks and hazards of those same technological marvels (frequently, though not always, arising as side effects or by-products). This confrontation poses very difficult choices for individuals as well as for those charged with making public policy. Some of the most challenging of these issues result because of the ability of technological innovation and deployment to outpace the capacity of institutions to assess and evaluate implications. In many areas, the rate of technological advance has now far outstripped the capabilities of institutional monitoring and control. While there are many instances in which technological advance occurs without adverse consequences (and in fact, yields tremendous benefits), frequently the advent of a major innovation brings a wide array of unforeseen and (to some) undesirable effects. This problem is exacerbated as the interval between the initial development of a technology and its deployment is shortened, since the opportunity for cautious appraisal is decreased.


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