chapter  4
CRA and Its Stakeholders: Advice to the Executive Office
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Comparative risk analysis (CRA) may well benefit from continuing methodological improvement, but the thesis of this chapter is that comparative risk methodology is already strong enough to support its widespread application. Instead, greater attention needs to be given to the current social and political context in which risk-based priority setting is addressed. This chapter discusses this context in detail, focusing on the recent developments that have brought risk methodology to the fore and examining the positions of the principal CRA players: Congress, state and local governments, environmentalists, and business and industry. Stemming from this discussion, the chapter also makes suggestions about how the Executive Office of the President might promote transparency, public involvement, and other processes that would enhance public receptivity to risk-based priority setting while responding to criticisms and concerns that have been advanced by various interested communities.