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Abstract

This paper summarises an approach used in risk perception research, particularly with respect to the integration of technical and social systems, e.g. major chemical hazards and information systems within organisations. This is based on two fundamental precepts: the basic rationality of the general public and the fallibility and over- confidence of experts. These lead to consideration of the concept of acceptability of risk and the juxtaposition of objective and subjective perceptions of risk. By communicating with the public concerning hazards, policy makers will increase public expectations of involvement in the decision making process.

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Authors: OTWAY H JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (IT), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: PAPER PRESENTED: WORKSHOP ON RISK AND RISK COMMUNICATION, MEDFORD (US), JAN. 11-12, 1990 AVAILABLE FROM COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, DG XIII-C-3, L-2920 LUXEMBOURG AS PAPER EN 35228 ORA
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