Politics of Precaution Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States

ISBN-10: 0691124167
ISBN-13: 9780691124162
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Vogel
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

The Politics of Precautionexamines the politics of consumer and environmental risk regulation in the United States and Europe over the last five decades, explaining why America and Europe have often regulated a wide range of similar risks differently. It finds that between 1960 and 1990, American health, safety, and environmental regulations were more stringent, risk averse, comprehensive, and innovative than those adopted in Europe. But since around 1990, the book shows, global regulatory leadership has shifted to Europe. What explains this striking reversal?David Vogel takes an in-depth, comparative look at European and American policies toward a range of consumer and environmental risks, including vehicle air pollution, ozone depletion, climate change, beef and milk hormones, genetically modified agriculture, antibiotics in animal feed, pesticides, cosmetic safety, and hazardous substances in electronic products. He traces how concerns over such risks--and pressure on political leaders to do something about them--have risen among the European public but declined among Americans. Vogel explores how policymakers in Europe have grown supportive of more stringent regulations while those in the United States have become sharply polarized along partisan lines. And as European policymakers have grown more willing to regulate risks on precautionary grounds, increasingly skeptical American policymakers have called for higher levels of scientific certainty before imposing additional regulatory controls on business.

Preface
The Transatlantic Shift in Regulatory Stringency
Explaining Regulatory Policy Divergence
Food Safety and Agriculture
Air Pollution
Chemicals and Hazardous Substances
Consumer Safety
Public Risk Perceptions and the Preferences of Policy Makers
The Law and Politics of Risk Assessment
Broader Implications
Index

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