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Guerilla Decisionmaking: Judicial Review Of Risk Assessments, William H. Rodgers, Jr. Jan 1987

Guerilla Decisionmaking: Judicial Review Of Risk Assessments, William H. Rodgers, Jr.

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This paper describes four types of uncertainty confronted by decisionmakers undertaking risk assessments. It then discusses individual and institutional responses to uncertainty; these include both formal attempts to acquire more information, and pragmatic efforts to isolate and act upon salient considerations. The tendency of decisionmakers to narrow the agenda and search for a decisive datum or metaphor is called guerilla decisionmaking. Courts oversee agency decisions by techniques known widely in the legal community as the hard-look doctrine. This doctrine is defined, and the case law is used to illustrate how courts insist upon identification of salient risk-assessment factors and the ...