Risk Analysis: A Tool for Policy Decisions

  • W.D. Rowe
Part of the Technology, Risk, and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 6)


Increased public and regulatory concern with risks imposed by technological undertakings has focused attention on risk analysis as a tool for aiding in risk- based decisions. Promulgating health, safety and environmental regulations; addressing product and environmental impairment liability in the light of recent adverse court decisions; qualifying new chemicals, pesticides and technological facilities to meet regulations are but a few of the many areas that require new tools and approaches to identify and sort out the many issues involved. Risk analysis, encompassing the assessment and management of risk, has been promoted as one such approach.


Risk Analysis Absolute Risk Probabilistic Risk Assessment Quantitative Risk Analysis Risk Analyst 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Abramson, L.R. 1981. “Some Misconceptions About the Foundations of Risk Analysis.” Risk Analysis 1(4): 229–230.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Anderson, R.A. 1978. Stress Power. New York. Human Sciences Press. New York, 1978, p. 74.Google Scholar
  3. Apostolakis, G. 1990. “The Concept of Probability in Safety Assessments of Technological Systems.” Science 7 Dec. 1990, p. 1363.Google Scholar
  4. Bahnson, C.B. 1969. “Psychophysiological Complementarity in Malignancies.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 164(2): 319–333.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Fischhoff, B., P. Slovic, and S. Lichtenstein. 1977. “Knowing With Certainty: The Appropriateness of Extreme Confidence.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 3: 552–564.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Fox, B.H. 1981. “Psychosocial Factors and the Immune System in Human Cancer.” In R. Ader, ed., Psychoneuroimmunology. New York: Academic Press, pp. 103–158.Google Scholar
  7. LeMaistre, C.A. 1988. “Reflections on Disease Prevention.” Cancer 62(8), October 15, 1988 Supplement.Google Scholar
  8. Loeb L. et al. “Smoking and Lung Cancer: An Overview.” Cancer Research.Google Scholar
  9. Redd, W.H., and P.B. Jacobson. 1988. “Emotions and Cancer: New Perspectives on an Old Question.” Cancer 62: 1871–1879.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Sklar, L.S., and H. Anisman. 1980. “Social Stress Influences Tumor Growth.” Psychosomatic Medicine 42: 347–365.Google Scholar
  11. Sklar, L.S., and H. Anisman. 1979. “Stress and Coping Factors Influences Tumor Growth.” Science 205: 513–515.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Tversky, A., and D. Kahnemen. 1981. “The Framing of Decisions and the Psychology of Choice.” Science 211: 453–458.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Wolff, H.G., and G. Wolff, and H. Goodell. 1968. Stress and Disease, Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • W.D. Rowe

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations