Reliability and Risk: The Challenge of Managing Interconnected Infrastructures (High Reliability and Crisis Management) (Hardcover)

Reliability and Risk: The Challenge of Managing Interconnected Infrastructures (High Reliability and Crisis Management) By Paul Schulman, Emery Roe Cover Image
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The safe and continued functioning of critical infrastructures--such as electricity, natural gas, transportation, and water--is a social imperative. Yet the complex connections between these systems render them increasingly precarious. Furthermore, though we depend so heavily on interconnected infrastructures, we do not fully understand the risks involved in their failure.

Emery Roe and Paul R. Schulman argue that designs, policies, and laws often overlook the knowledge and experiences of those who manage these systems on the ground--reliability professionals who have vital insights that would be invaluable to planning. To combat this major blind spot, the athors construct a new theoretical perspective that reveals how to make sense of complex interconnected networks and improve reliability through management, regulation, and political leadership. To illustrate their approach in action, they present a multi-year case study of one of the world's most important infrastructure crossroads, the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Reliability and Risk advances our understanding of what it takes to ensure the dependability of the intricate--and sometimes hazardous--systems on which we rely every day.

About the Author


Emery Roe is Senior Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. Paul R. Schulman is Professor of Government at Mills College and a Senior Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780804793933
ISBN-10: 080479393X
Publisher: Stanford Business Books
Publication Date: April 13th, 2016
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: High Reliability and Crisis Management