Analysis Of The Book ' Breaking The Vicious Circle '

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IV. What is the main problem Breyer describes in Breaking the Vicious Circle concerning United States policy making? What causes it and how does the problem develop? How does it affect business? What solution does Breyer propose? Describe another plausible solution. Which of the two solutions, Breyer’s of that you just described do you consider morally preferable and why? What ethical theory discussed in class best supports your position? Critically assess this theory by contrast with other ethical theories discussed in class. The main problem that Breyer exposes in his book Breaking the Vicious Circle is that, in the United States, the bodies responsible for regulating risk often don’t regulate things that are greater risks, and over regulate the relatively lesser risks. Breyer lists three problems that impede the development of risk regulation; tunnel vision, random agenda selection, and inconsistency. By tunnel vision he is referring to the fact that regulatory bodies tend to set a single goal that is often uses resources ineffectively, and sometimes causes more harm than good. He also calls this problem “the last ten percent”. For example, Breyer highlights a case where large amounts of money was spent to ensure that children in an area could eat small amounts of dirt for 245 days per year and not suffer significant harm. Without the expenditure, children could only eat small amounts of dirt for 70 days a year without suffering the harm. The money spent could have
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