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Renn (2008). Risk governance Coping with uncertainty in a complex world

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Renn, O. (2008). Risk governance: Coping with uncertainty in a complex world. (T Academic Library.) London: Earthscan.


Risk Governance is a tour de force. Every risk manager, every risk analyst, every risk researcher must read this book - it is the demarcation point for all further advances in risk policy and risk research.

Renn provides authoritative guidance on how to manage risks based on a definitive synthesis of the research literature.

The skill with which he builds practical recommendations from solid science is unprecedented. ,Thomas Dietz, Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, USA,A masterpiece of new knowledge and wisdom with illustrative examples of tested applications to real world cases.

The book is recommendable also to interested students in different disciplines as a timely textbook on 'risk beyond risk'.,Norio Okada, Full Professor and Director at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan,There are classic environmental works such as The Tragedy of the Commons by Hardin, Risk Society by Beck, The Theory of Communicative Action by Habermas, and the seminal volumes by Ostrom on governing the commons.

Renn,s book fits right into this series of important milestones of environmental studies.,Jochen Jaeger, Professor at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Risk Governance provides a valuable survey of the whole field of risk and demonstrates how scientific, economic, political and civil society actors can participate in inclusive risk governance. ,Jobst Conrad, Senior Scientist, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany,Renn offers a remarkably fair-minded and systematic approach to bringing together the diverse fields that have something to say about 'risk'.

The book opens with the context of risk handling before flowing through the core topics of assessment, evaluation, perception, management and communication, culminating in a look at the transition from risk management to risk governance and a glimpse at a new understanding of risk in (post)modern societies.