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PUBLICATIONID : 8930
PUBLICATIONTYPE : 1
TYPE : Article
TITLE : Vulnerability and risk: Some thoughts from a political and policy perspective
ORIG_TITLE : Vulnerability and risk: Some thoughts from a political and policy perspective
AUTHOR : Sarewitz, D, R Pielke and M Keykhah
FIRST_AUTHOR : Sarewitz, D, R Pielke and M Keykhah
AUTHOR_COUNT : 1
ADDRESS : Univ Colorado, CIRES, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, Boulder, CO 80309 USA; Columbia Univ, Ctr Sci Policy & Outcomes, Washington, DC 20008 USA
PUBLISHER : BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
FIRSTAUTHOREMPLOYER : 1
ABBREV_JOURNAL : Risk Anal.
BEGINPAGE : 805
ENDPAGE : 810
VOLUME : 23
ISSUE : 4
PUBLISH_DATE : AUG
YEAR : 2003
URL : http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/2003.23.pdf
REFEREED : 1
RESOURCE : WOS:000184536000015
CITATION : 79
DEPT : CSTPR
LAST_UPDATED : 2017-05-24 12:54:16
ISSN : 0272-4332
IDS : 707XV
DOI : 10.1111/1539-6924.00357
ABSTRACT : Public policies to mitigate the impacts of extreme events such as hurricanes or terrorist attacks will differ depending on whether they focus on reducing risk or reducing vulnerability. Here we present and defend six assertions aimed at exploring the benefits of vulnerability-based policies. (1) Risk-based approaches to covering the costs of extreme events do not depend for their success on reduction of vulnerability. (2) Risk-based approaches to preparing for extreme events are focused on acquiring accurate probabilistic information about the events themselves. (3) Understanding and reducing vulnerability does not demand accurate predictions of the incidence of extreme events. (4) Extreme events are created by context. (5) It is politically difficult to justify vulnerability reduction on economic grounds. (6) Vulnerability reduction is a human rights issue; risk reduction is not.
KEYWORDS : extreme events; predictions; public policy; risk; uncertainty; vulnerability
AREA : Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; Mathematics; Mathematical Methods In Social Sciences
PUBLICATION : RISK ANALYSIS
PLACE : MALDEN
LANGUAGE : English
SERIAL : 8930
PAGES : 805-810
APPROVED : yes
SERIES_VOLUME_NUMERIC : 1
ONLINE_PUBLICATION : no
VERSION : 1
FIRST_AUTHOR_ADDRESS : Pielke, R (reprint author), Univ Colorado, CIRES, Ctr Sci & Technol Policy Res, 1333 Grandview Ave,Campus Box 488, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.
AUTHOR_OTHER_FORM : Sarewitz, D; Pielke, R; Keykhah, M
REFERENCES_NUM : 4
REFERENCE : Pielke Jr R. A., 2000, ENERGY ENV, V11, P255, DOI 10.1260/0958305001500121; PIELKE RA, 2000, ENSO SIGNAL, V13, P5; Sarewitz Daniel, 2000, ATLANTIC MONTHLY JUL, P54; SAREWITZ D, 2000, PREDICTION SCI POLIT
PUBLISHER_ADDRESS : 350 MAIN STREET, STE 6, MALDEN, MA 02148 USA
COUNT : 1
PUBMED_ID : 12926572
VETTED : 1