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The character of harms : operational challenges in control

Author: Malcolm K Sparrow
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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How should we deal with societal ills such as crime, poverty, pollution, terrorism, and corruption? A Harvard professor and former Detective Chief Inspector of the British Police, Malcolm Sparrow argues that control or mitigation of these and other "bad" things involves distinctive patterns of thought and action which turn out to be broadly applicable across a range of human endeavors, and which need to be better  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm K Sparrow
ISBN: 9780521872102 0521872103 0511753861 9780511753862
OCLC Number: 174449805
Description: viii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Which way up, and does it matter? --
A different type of work --
Defining problems : setting the scale --
Defining problems : picking the dimensions --
Patterns of thought and action --
Puzzles of measurement --
Structures, protocols, and interactions --
Invisible harms --
Conscious opponents --
Catastrophic harms --
Harms in equilibrium --
Performance-enhancing risks.
Responsibility: Malcolm K. Sparrow.
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