The concept of risk is an outgrowth of our society's great concern about coping with the dangers of modern life. The Perception of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, risk perception and risk management, to examine the gap between expert views of risk and public perceptions. Ordered chronologically, it allows the reader to see the evolution of our understanding of such perceptions, from early studies identifying public misconceptions of risk to recent work that recognizes the importance and legitimacy of equity, trust, power and other value-laden issues underlying public concern.

chapter 13|12 pages

Perception of Risk

chapter 16|11 pages

Perception of Risk from Radiation

chapter 19|11 pages

Perceived Risk, Trust and Democracy

chapter 21|6 pages

Technological Stigma