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Searching for Safety [Social Philosophy & Policy Center]


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Introduction: The Jogger's Dilemma or What Should We Do When the Safe and the Dangerous are Inextricably Intertwined? SECTION I: STRATEGIES 1. Trial and Error Versus Trial Without Error 2. Opportunity Benefits Versus Opportunity Risks 3. Richer Is Sicker Versus Richer Is Safer 4. Anticipation Versus Resilience SECTION II: CONDITIONS 5. Nonhuman Life Forms Cope with Danger 6. Does Adding Safety Devices Increase Safety in Nuclear Power Plants? (with Elizabeth Nichols, and an appendix by Robert Budnitz) 7. The Battle Within: How the Human Body Defends Itself (with Dennis J. Coyle) 8. From Resilience to Anticipation: Why the Tort Law is Unsafe (with Daniel Polisar) SECTION III: PRINCIPLES 9. Why Less is More: A Taxonomy of Error (with William R. Havender) 10. The Secret of Safety Lies in Danger

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Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) was considered one of the most innovative and prolific scholars in the field of political research and he was most famous for his role in developing the cultural theory of risk.


Searching for Safety is a bold, multifaceted statement about how to improve safety and health... Wildavsky has issued a ringing, impassioned challenge to the field... We should be deeply indebted to Wildavsky for forcing us to search for difficult answers by asking tough questions. Jerome Rothenberg, Critical Review This is a fascinating attack on some of the conventional wisdom regarding safety. Wildavsky counterposes the ideas of anticipation (in which serious dangers have been eliminated in advance) and resilience (in which experimentation courts danger and safety simultaneously). In a well-written discourse, Wildavsky argues this latter, counterintuitive, case at length and in persuasive logical detail... Most highly recommended for collections in regulation, environmental protection, and public policy. For upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. E. Lewis, Choice

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