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Perrow argues that rather than laying exclusive emphasis on protecting targets, we should reduce their size to minimize damage and diminish their attractiveness to terrorists. Perrow reveals how the threat of catastrophe is on the rise, whether from terrorism, natural disasters, or industrial accidents.
The Next Catastrophe is a penetrating reassessment of the very real dangers we face today and what we must do to confront them. Written in a highly accessible style by a renowned systems-behavior expert, this book is essential reading for the twenty-first century.
When the next big disaster comes, will we be ready? In The Next Catastrophe , Perrow extends his analysis to incorporate 'natural' disasters and terrorism more fully.
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This is a sobering book. If enough people hear Perrow's message, the future might be ever so slightly less catastrophic. Focusing on three causes of disaster—natural, organizational, and deliberate—he shows that our best hope lies in the deconcentration of high-risk populations, corporate power, and critical infrastructures.
What should be done to prevent such catastrophes in the future? Acclaimed sociologist and systems analyst Perrow, addresses this question The book is written in a highly readable prose that is accessible to general audiences. Niazi, Choice. It must be hoped that the readership of this book includes not only researchers and industrial safety practitioners but also executives along with politicians at all levels and that its message is acted upon.
Clarke, Risk Analysis. Perrow shows in fascinating detail how our politicians allow human disasters to be transformed into opportunities for profiteering and politicking, and routinely substitute wasteful bureaucracies for smart plans to reorganize fragile systems.
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The fundamental answer, Perrow writes, is to discard the profit- and power-driven ideologies in favor of our nation's traditional common-sense approach to the challenges of our all-too-real world. In the name of efficiency, sensitive industries are now so concentrated that they can be crippled at a single blow, from nature, accidents, or acts of terrorism.
The mantra of asserting 'central control' in response to catastrophes only makes things worse, Perrow notes, as hierarchies strangle grassroots networks of local responders that might do some good. A trenchant, troubling study. The causes of disasters go far beyond random acts of nature or terrorism; they reflect underlying systemic and managerial issues that we must confront in order to ensure our safety.
Luckily, Charles Perrow digs deeply to find some difficult but promising solutions. Concerned citizens must join the experts in reading this brilliant book.
The Next Catastrophe is a fascinating, stimulating, and far-reaching work. Perrow's signature themes are here—the role of political and economic institutions, the reach of their power into organizations, and the inevitability of major organizational failures. The basic argument will stir discussion, and the feasibility of Perrow's proposed solutions is sure to provoke controversy.
Disasters Evermore? Reducing our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters
When he discusses the mistakes still being made in the way the U. Overall, he analyzes how our organizations fail, why it is that regulation doesn't solve the problems, and how susceptible we have become as a result, doing so in a way that is just plain splendid.
Freudenburg, University of California, Santa Barbara. Charles Perrow. Overview Author s Reviews Charles Perrow is professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University. He has worked as a consultant for the U.
Niazi, Choice " The Next Catastrophe is an important and far-reaching book that, in arguing for the reduction of vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure to natural, industrial, and terrorist disasters, tackles issues of high significance to us all.
Clarke, Risk Analysis " The Next Catastrophe is the work of the master at his formidable best—a dazzling array of learning, perspective, good sense, and, above all, command.
Lynn, author of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation "A profound meditation on the paradox that modern technological and management orthodoxies have taken us down an increasingly perilous path.