Risk Regulation in Europe

Assessing the Application of the Precautionary Principle

  • Jale Tosun

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 9-24
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    Pages 25-38
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About this book

Introduction

The publication aims to familiarize students of public policy with the precautionary principle, which plays a vital role in the European Union’s approach toward regulating risks. The precautionary principle contends that policy makers should refrain from actions having a suspected risk of causing harm to the public and/or the environment. However, the precautionary principle only provides guidance to policy makers but does not prescribe specific policy responses. Therefore, there should be variation in the way the principle is applied. Furthermore, precautionary measures are, in principle, of a provisional nature, suggesting that they are likely to be subject to changes over time. This book is thus interested in shedding light on how the precautionary principle is put into practice and to what extent precautionary measures become modified. Empirically, it focuses on how the EU has regulated the use of growth hormones in meat production, the cultivation of genetically modified corn and the use of Stevia-based sweeteners in foods and beverages. The main theoretical argument advanced by this study is that the way in which the original regulatory standards were formulated affects whether and how they are changed. By placing particular emphasis on the relevance of scientific evidence for the (re-)definition of precautionary measures, the book is expected to appeal to both academics and practitioners.

Keywords

European Union governance policy precautionary principle risk

Authors and affiliations

  • Jale Tosun
    • 1
  1. 1., Mannheim Centre for European Social ReseUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1984-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1983-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1984-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5466
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5474
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