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Risk Governance


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. What Is Risk? 3.Pre-assessment 4. Appraisal 5. Risk Perception 6. Risk Evaluation 7. Risk Management 8. Risk Communication 9. Risk Participation 10. The Social and Political Context of Risk Governance 11. Conclusions

About the Author

Ortwin Renn is Professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology at the State University in Stuttgart, Germany. He is author or co-author of 30 books including Risk, Uncertainty and Rational Action (2001).


'The volume's major strength is its excellent knowledge about and critical evaluation of the classical fields within risk research; risk analysis, risk perception, risk evaluation, risk management and risk communication. Within these fields, there are few researchers that can match Renn's competence.' 'An impressive work almost with the character of an encyclopaedia of recent discussions within the broad, complex and heterogeneous field of risk research. Throughout, novices as well as experienced risk researchers get the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the risk field and of societal efforts towards managing these complexities called risk.' Acta Sociologica 'This work is invaluable as a reference and will provide many hours of instructive and pleasurable reading. It is highly recommended.' Natural Hazards '[O]n the frontier of thinking about risk' World Future Review 'The book builds up to an up-to-date and definitely the best treatise on the subject...this is a must for all those who are concerned with the subject of risk in any way and there is no doubt that this is one of the several excellent title full of information that Earthscan has brought out for the public at large.' Krishna B. Misra, International Performability Engineering.

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