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Decisions in doubt : [electronic resource] the environment and public policy / Wade L. Robison.

By: Robison, Wade L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: The Nelson A. Rockefeller series in social science and public policy. Publisher: Hanover, NH : Dartmouth College : University Press of New England, c1994Description: xii, 263 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0874516951; 9780874516951.Subject(s): Environmental policy -- United States | Milieubeleid | Overheidsbeleid | Milieuethiek | Environnement -- Politique gouvernementale -- États-Unis | Politische Entscheidung | Entscheidung bei Unsicherheit | Umweltpolitik | USADDC classification: 333.7 Other classification: 43.02 Online resources: Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
1. Making the Best Choices -- 2. Natural Social Artifacts -- 3. Knowledge and Doubt -- 4. Who Decides? -- 5. The Options -- 6. What Ought We to Do? -- 7. A New Cast of Mind.
Summary: Using examples from the area of waste management but touching also upon issues like the ozone layer, contaminated foodstuffs, and asbestos removal, Robison presents a new vision for rational decision making on environmental issues. But his ideas extend far beyond that arena to include other aspects of public policy. For in exploring a paradigm about how to make reasonable decisions without condemning us to inaction in the face of risks, Robison points out faults in our old policy-making methodology and offers a rationale for a decision procedure based less on certainty but more adapted and adaptive to our times.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-253) and index.

1. Making the Best Choices -- 2. Natural Social Artifacts -- 3. Knowledge and Doubt -- 4. Who Decides? -- 5. The Options -- 6. What Ought We to Do? -- 7. A New Cast of Mind.

Using examples from the area of waste management but touching also upon issues like the ozone layer, contaminated foodstuffs, and asbestos removal, Robison presents a new vision for rational decision making on environmental issues. But his ideas extend far beyond that arena to include other aspects of public policy. For in exploring a paradigm about how to make reasonable decisions without condemning us to inaction in the face of risks, Robison points out faults in our old policy-making methodology and offers a rationale for a decision procedure based less on certainty but more adapted and adaptive to our times.

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