Frames in the Toxicity Controversy: Risk Assessment and Policy Analysis Related to the Dutch Chlorine Debate and the Swedish PVC Debate / Edition 1

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There is a great deal of controversy about how to deal with man-made c hemicals. Environmentalists and industrialists throughout the world cl ash on such subjects as chlorine, PVC, endocrine disrupters and the pr ecautionary principle. In this book Tukker untangles the controversy. Three chapters relate to long-term evaluations into two hot-spots in t he toxicity controversy { the debates on chlorine in the Netherlands a nd PVC in Sweden. The book adopts a political{philosophical view, pres enting a thorough theoretical analysis of the potential of scientific research to solve controversies, and evaluating the history of the chl orine and PVC controversies.

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As a consultant with the TNO Institute of Strategy, Technology, and Policy, in Delft, and with a background at the Dutch Ministry of Environment, Tukker prepared major studies for both of the debates he describes. Drawing from the philosophy of science, the environmental sciences, and political science, he investigates how debates surrounding toxicity in the chemical industry can be conducted to produce decisions that are socially robust in the long term, considering both the process and product of decision making. He begins with an introduction to artificial chemicals and toxicity, then explores such aspects as the role of science in controversies, tools for evaluating environmental performance, and environmental bottlenecks and uncertainties. Finally, he details the two debates, and offers his conclusions and reflections and recommendations. The treatment began as a Ph.D. dissertation, but Tukker does not say when or for whom; the minor revisions for publication did not include adding an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792355540
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Glossary. 1. Introduction. 2. The Role of Science in Controversies. 3. The Toolbox for Evaluations of Environmental Performance. 4. Chlorine in the Netherlands: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks and Uncertainties. 5. PVC in Sweden: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks. 6. The Dutch Chlorine Debate. 7. The Swedish PVC-Debate. 8. Conclusions. 9. Reflections and Recommendations. Literature.
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