International Politics of Biotechnology: Investigating Global Futures

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Experts in global conflict, international political economy, business, and ethics assess the impact of the biotechnological revolution on agriculture, bio-diversity, the environment, North-South, and biological warfare. The first section considers the nature of the science itself, the normative questions raised and the significance of gender responses. The second section addresses biotechnology in relation to international political economy, trade, and the environment, highlighting the politics of food and ...

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Experts in global conflict, international political economy, business, and ethics assess the impact of the biotechnological revolution on agriculture, bio-diversity, the environment, North-South, and biological warfare. The first section considers the nature of the science itself, the normative questions raised and the significance of gender responses. The second section addresses biotechnology in relation to international political economy, trade, and the environment, highlighting the politics of food and patents. The final section tackles the question of biological knowledge applied to weapons and the global responses.

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Introduces biotechnology to the readership of international relations. Experts in global conflict, international political economy, business, ethics, and gender assess the impact of the biotechnological revolution on the political economy of agriculture, biodiversity, the environment, North-South relations, and biological warfare. Early chapters consider broad issues such as the nature of biotechnology itself and the significance of gender responses. Later chapters address biotechnology in relation to the international political economy, trade, and the politics of food. Final chapters look at biological weapons and global responses. Distributed by Palgrave. Russell teaches international relations at Staffordshire University. Vogler teaches international relations at John Moores University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719058684
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Russell is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Staffordshire University.

John Vogler is Professor of International Relations at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Science, ethics and gender 11
2 Biotechnology: a scientific perspective 13
3 Biotechnology and international relations: the normative dimensions 30
4 Ambivalence and anxiety: women and the techno-scientific revolution 44
Pt. II International political economy, trade and environment 63
5 Life patents, TRIPs and the international political economy of biotechnology 67
6 Biotechnology and international political economy: actor-networks in the knowledge structure 85
7 An international political economy perspective of the biotechnology industry: developing regional strengths 100
8 An international environmental regime for biotechnology 123
9 International trade conflicts over agricultural biotechnology 142
Pt. III Biological warfare: prospects and responses 157
10 Biological warfare: the 'classical' agents 161
11 Anti-crop biological warfare: implications for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and the Convention on Biodiversity 169
12 The future of biological weapons control 186
13 Responses to security threats posed by biological weapons 197
14 Conclusion: the implications for international relations 213
Bibliography 227
Index 253
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