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Worst-case scenarios

Author: Cass R Sunstein
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
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"Nuclear bombs in suitcases, anthrax bacilli in ventilators, tsunamis and meteors, avian flu, scorchingly hot temperatures: nightmares that were once the plot of Hollywood movies are now frighteningly real possibilities. How can we steer a path between willful inaction and reckless overreaction?" "In this vivid, illuminating, and highly original analysis, Cass Sunstein explores these and other worst-case scenarios  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sunstein, Cass R.
Worst-case scenarios.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)654488763
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cass R Sunstein
ISBN: 9780674025103 0674025105
OCLC Number: 76836276
Notes: "A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.
Description: 340 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Of terrorism and climate change --
2. A tale of two protocols --
3. Catastrophe --
4. Irreversibility --
5. Money --
6. The future --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Cass R. Sunstein.

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Explores our susceptibility to two opposite and unhelpful reactions: panic and neglect. This book shows how private individuals and public officials might respond to low-probability risks of disaster  Read more...

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"Worst-Case Scenarios" is a rich analysis, both explanatory and normative, of societal responses to catastrophic risks such as terrorism and global warming. Sunstein occupies the fertile middle Read more...

 
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