Academic journal article Journal of Risk and Insurance

Quantified Societal Risk and Policy Making

Academic journal article Journal of Risk and Insurance

Quantified Societal Risk and Policy Making

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Quantified Societal Risk and Policy Making, edited by R. E. Jorissen and P J. M. Stallen, 1998, Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers

Reviewer: George L. Head, Ph.D., CPCU, CSP, ARM, FIRM, CLU, American Institute for CPCU/Insurance Institute of America

This book came close to destroying my long-standing faith in Kluwer as a long-standing publisher of cutting-edge, quality scholarly works well worth readers' time. The purpose of this review is to give my reasons for urging Journal readers-unless they have one particular use for this book-not to bother with it, even though it is the twelfth volume in the generally excellent Kluwer series "Technology, Risk, and Society, An International Series in Risk Analysis."

Before giving my warnings, however, let me quote a few passages from this book's back cover and preface, passages that accurately describe its goal and scope:

[The book] is the result of an international workshop on societal risk organized by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management with additional financial support from the Directorate of Transportation of the European Union. . . . This volume [presenting the papers and prepared written comments of fifteen of the participants] is concerned with one particular type of risk, that is the risk of death of a number of people at one accident. . . . Generally, this risk is labelled societal risk.

My first problem with this book is that it is mistitled. …

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