© 2009

Food Safety Governance

Integrating Science, Precaution and Public Involvement

  • Ortwin Renn
  • Marion Dreyer

Part of the Risk, Governance and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. A General Framework for the Precautionary and Inclusive Governance of Food Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Dreyer, O. Renn
      Pages 3-10
    3. A. Ely, A. Stirling, M. Dreyer, O. Renn, E. Vos, F. Wendler
      Pages 11-27
    4. A. Ely, A. Stirling, M. Dreyer, O. Renn, E. Vos, F. Wendler
      Pages 29-45
    5. A. Ely, A. Stirling, F. Wendler, E. Vos
      Pages 47-55
    6. A. Ely, A. Stirling
      Pages 57-69
    7. O. Renn, M. Dreyer
      Pages 71-82
    8. M. Dreyer, O. Renn
      Pages 111-120
    9. O. Renn
      Pages 121-141
    10. M. Dreyer, O. Renn, A. Ely, A. Stirling, E. Vos, F. Wendler
      Pages 159-194
  3. Input and Commentaries by Key Actors in Food Safety Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 196-196
    2. David Atkins, Julie Norman
      Pages 207-238
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-249

About this book


This book offers a detailed analysis and a set of carefully measured suggestions towards achieving greater integration of science, precaution, and public involvement in current arrangements for European food safety governance. The devised governance framework provides a distinctive system of methodologies, participatory processes, and institutional configurations that demonstrates practical advice of how complex and conflicting food safety demands might be reconciled. At the core of the suggestions for procedural reform is a design with four governance stages (framing, assessment, evaluation, management, with participation and communication as cross-cutting activities), and an organisation into four assessment and management tracks distinguishing between risk-, precaution-, concern- and prevention-based approaches. In addition, the book suggests an innovative food safety interface structure designed to improve the politics-science-society coordination throughout the governance process.


European food Figuration Food Safety Governance Institution Nation Participation Precaution Risk Assessment Risk Management Interface Transparency food safety risk management safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Ortwin Renn
  • Marion Dreyer

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