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

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2008 - Medical - 269 pages
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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Science and Society
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The governance of science in Britainsetting the context
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The governance of science in Britain theoretical perspectives
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