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p. 1357. Risk, culture, and societylocked

  • Baruch Fischhoff
  •  and John Kadvany


‘Risk, culture and society’ frames risk management within society as a whole. The modern study of risk began with assessing probability of defined events, and developed into a science with the ability to assess complex threats like terrorism. Social factors can also be incorporated into risk analysis, which can reduce value judgements and stigmatization by society. However, risk analysis of subjects with controversial moral backdrops can make decision making harder, as it brings emotive issues into sharp relief. Risk analysis uses scientific tools to inform decisions on dangers. The value of these analyses depends on understanding their limitations.

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