Risk Regulations and Scientific Expertise in the United Kingdom: The Precautionary Principle in Public Policy

Risk Regulations and Scientific Expertise in the United Kingdom: The Precautionary Principle in Public Policy

By: Alan Patterson (author)Hardback

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This book evaluates the role of science in policymaking in Britain by examining the tension between the modern state's enthusiasm for ever-increasing economic growth and environmental and health-related hazards. Over the past twenty years there has been controversy and public anxiety over issues relating to environmental and health-related hazards. Many of these issues result from the modern state's enthusiasm for ever-increasing economic growth and strong support for the wealth-creating potential of new technologies. Yet some sections of society are concerned about science's potential for harm as well as its potential for good. The problem for a government is to work out how science can achieve the objective of developing wealth-creating technologies, and at the same time solve the problems for people and the environment that such technologies cause. The aim of this book is to examine how governments deal with these problems by evaluating the role of science in policymaking in Britain. The debate on these issues reveals a split between those who uncritically accept science in the service of government - the sound science approach; and those who would take a more precautionary stance, which entails that where there may be potential problems with a technology, a wider form of assessment than that carried out under the sound science approach should be considered to ensure it is safe - the precautionary approach. This work will appeal to scholars interested in the British Government's approach to the regulation of risk in environmental and public health matters.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773448049
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780773448049
  • ISBN10: 0773448047

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