Averting catastrophe : decision theory for COVID-19, climate change, and potential disasters of all kinds / Cass R. Sunstein.

By: Sunstein, Cass R [author.]
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2021]Copyright date: ©2021Description: 167 pages ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781479808489Subject(s): Public administration -- Decision making | Crisis management in government | Emergency managementDDC classification: 352.3/301 LOC classification: JF1525.D4 | S86 2021
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

What we don't know -- With and without numbers -- The maximin principle -- The precautionary principle -- Uncertainty -- Objections -- Irreversibility.

Averting Catastrophe explores how governments ought to make decisions in times of imminent disaster. Cass R. Sunstein argues that using the "maximin rule," which calls for choosing the approach that eliminates the worst of the worst-case scenarios, may be necessary when public officials lack important information, and when the worst-case scenario is too disastrous to contemplate. He underscores this argument by emphasizing the reality of "Knightian uncertainty," found in circumstances in which it is not possible to assign probabilities to various outcomes. Sunstein brings foundational issues in decision theory in close contact with real problems in regulation, law, and daily life, and considers other potential future risks. At once an approachable introduction to decision-theory and a provocative argument for how governments ought to handle risk, Averting Catastrophe offers a definitive path forward in a world rife with uncertainty.

In English.

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