Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle

Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle

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Elsevier Science and Technology
This book challenges the claim that the precautionary principle is an appropriate guide to public policy decision-making in the face of uncertainty.


The precautionary principle is frequently invoked as a justification for regulating human activities. From bans on the use of growth hormones in cattle to restrictions on children's playground activities, precautionary thinking seems to be taking over our lives. As the contributors to this book show, such an approach is of dubious utility and may even be counterproductive.

This is a timely and important contribution to the debate on how to manage risk in the modern world.

The editor, Julian Morris, is Director of the Environment and Technology Programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He has written widely on issues relating to environmental protection and technological development.


Up to date discussion of current issues and scientific controversies.
Challenges the claim that the 'precautionary principle' is an appropriate guide to public policy decisions.
This book challenges the claim that the precautionary principle is an appropriate guide to public policy decision-making in the face of uncertainty.


The precautionary principle is frequently invoked as a justification for regulating human activities. From bans on the use of growth hormones in cattle to restrictions on children's playground activities, precautionary thinking seems to be taking over our lives. As the contributors to this book show, such an approach is of dubious utility and may even be counterproductive.

This is a timely and important contribution to the debate on how to manage risk in the modern world.

The editor, Julian Morris, is Director of the Environment and Technology Programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He has written widely on issues relating to environmental protection and technological development.


Up to date discussion of current issues and scientific controversies.
Challenges the claim that the 'precautionary principle' is an appropriate guide to public policy decisions.

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Contributors from academia, government agencies, and industry advocacy groups argue that knowing an activity is likely to be unsafe for humans or the environment does not justify avoiding or preventing that activity. They take such perspectives as genetically modified crops and farmland birds, asteroid collisions, child protection, and obligations to future generations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Oxford ; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000
ISBN: 9780080516233
0080516238
9781283587440
1283587440
0750646837
9780750646833
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 294 pages :) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Morris, Julian

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