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The Illusion of Risk Control

What Does it Take to Live With Uncertainty?

Editors: Motet, Gilles, Bieder, Corinne (Eds.)

  • Works from a new definition of "risk"
  • Analyzes the implications of uncertainty for high-risk organizations
  • Presents viewpoints of leading researchers from a range of scientific disciplines
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorly suited to situations where uncertainty and ambiguity are prominent features of the risk landscape. The new definition of risk used by ISO, “the effect of uncertainty on [achievement of] one’s objectives”, recognizes this paradigm change. What lessons can we draw from the management of fire hazards in Edo-era Japan? Are there situations in which increasing uncertainty allows more effective safety management? How should society address the risk of potentially planet-destroying scientific experiments?

This book presents insights from leading scholars in different disciplines to challenge current risk governance and safety management practice.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Uncertainty: New Perspectives, Questions and Proposals

    Motet, Gilles

    Pages 1-4

  • Uncertainty—Its Ontological Status and Relation to Safety

    Njå, Ove (et al.)

    Pages 5-21

  • A Conceptual Foundation for Assessing and Managing Risk, Surprises and Black Swans

    Aven, Terje

    Pages 23-39

  • Recognizing Complexity in Risk Management: The Challenge of the Improbable

    Pariès, Jean

    Pages 41-55

  • Practices in the Danger Culture of Late Industrial Society

    Rip, Arie

    Pages 57-66

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Illusion of Risk Control
Book Subtitle
What Does it Take to Live With Uncertainty?
Editors
  • Gilles Motet
  • Corinne Bieder
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Safety Management
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32939-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32939-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-32938-3
Series ISSN
2520-8004
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 112
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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