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Acceptable risk? : making decisions in a toxic environment

Author: Lee Ben Clarke
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Organizations and modern technology give us much of what we value, but they have also given us Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Bhopal. The question at the heart of this paradox is "What is acceptable risk?" Based on his examination of the 1981 contamination of an office building in Binghamton, New York, Lee Clarke's compelling study argues that organizational processes are the key to understanding how some risks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Clarke, Lee Ben.
Acceptable risk?.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1989
(DLC) 88030640
(OCoLC)18588674
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Ben Clarke
ISBN: 9780520911994 0520911997 0520063031 9780520063037
OCLC Number: 45730603
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 229 pages)
Contents: Creating Risks --
Organizational Chaos: Beginning Decontamination and Medical Surveillance --
Constricting the Field of Organizations --
An Excursus on Resolving Organizational Dilemmas: The County Government's Risk --
Organizing Medical Surveillance --
Organizing Decontamination --
The Exposed.
Responsibility: Lee Clarke.
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"Organizations and modern technology give us much of what we value, but they have also given us Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Bhopal. The question at the heart of this paradox is "What is acceptable risk?" Based on his examination of the 1981 contamination of an office building in Binghamton, New York, Lee Clarke's compelling study argues that organizational processes are the key to understanding how some risks rather than others are defined as acceptable. He finds a pattern of decision-making based on relationships among organizations rather than the authority of individuals or single agencies"--Publisher's description.

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"This book makes a solid contribution to building a theory of organizational responses to drastic environmental hazards."--Robert E. O'Connor, "American Political Science Review

 
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