Character of Harms Operational Challenges in Control

ISBN-10: 0521872103
ISBN-13: 9780521872102
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 271
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

How should we deal with societal ills such as crime, poverty, pollution, terrorism, and corruption? A Harvard professor and former Detective Chief Inspector of the British Police, Malcolm Sparrow argues that control or mitigation of these and other "bad" things involves distinctive patterns of thought and action which turn out to be broadly applicable across a range of human endeavors, and which need to be better understood. In this provocative new book, he demonstrates that an explicit focus on the bads, rather than on the countervailing goods (safety, prosperity, environmental stewardship, etc.) can provide rich opportunities for surgically efficient and effective interventions - an approach which he terms "the sabotage of harms." Drawing from Sparrow's rich background and unique experiences in law enforcement, this book makes a powerful case for this new approach to tackling the complex problems facing society.

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The nature of the control task
Which way up, and does it matter?
A different type of work
Defining problems: setting the scale
Defining problems: picking the dimensions
Patterns of thought and action
Puzzles of measurement
Structures, protocols, and interactions
Special categories of harms
Invisible harms
Conscious opponents
Catastrophic harms
Harms in equilibrium
Performance-enhancing risks
Conclusion
Index

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