Risky Business: Canada's Changing Science-Based Policy and Regulatory Regime

Risky Business: Canada's Changing Science-Based Policy and Regulatory Regime

by G. Bruce Doern
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802082629

ISBN-13: 9780802082626

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Risky Business is a comprehensive look at Canada's science-based policy and regulatory regime. It asks what risks Canadians might be exposed to as fiscal pressures strain the capacity of regulators in areas such as food, drugs, pesticides, fisheries, and the environment.

The first part of this book focuses the reader's attention on diverse and major themes and

Overview

Risky Business is a comprehensive look at Canada's science-based policy and regulatory regime. It asks what risks Canadians might be exposed to as fiscal pressures strain the capacity of regulators in areas such as food, drugs, pesticides, fisheries, and the environment.

The first part of this book focuses the reader's attention on diverse and major themes and issues that pervade science-based regulatory regimes today. The second part suggests a framework for analysis and endeavours to present both sympathetic and critical perspectives on the inner-workings of regulatory departments and agencies in the area of the protection of human and environmental health and safety.

Covering such topics as the organizational evolution of regulatory agencies, regulatory bodies' changing sources and levels of funding, a review of the independence of science, and the increased potential for realization of risk, these essays point to the need for these regulators to operate with openness and accessibility in order to maintain public confidence. Indeed, the contributors argue that this openness is crucial to both democratic governance and the development of innovative knowledge economies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802082626
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Contributorsix
1Canada's Changing Science-Based Policy and Regulatory Regime: Issues and Framework3
Part 1Macro-Issues and Policy Controversies
2Government Science and the Public Interest31
3Between Expertise and Bureaucracy: Risk Management Trapped at the Science-Policy Interface49
4Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease): Lessons for Public Policy75
5Can Eco-Labelling Undermine International Agreement on Science-Based Standards?102
6Risk-Based Regulatory Responses in Global Food Trade: A Case Study of Guatemalan Raspberry Imports into the United States and Canada, 1996-1998131
7Socioeconomic versus Science-Based Regulation: Informal Influences on the Formal Regulation of rbST in Canada156
Part 2Science in Regulatory and Risk Management Institutions
8The Therapeutic Products Programme: From Traditional Science-Based Regulator to Science-Based Risk-Benefit Manager?185
9The Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Modernizing Science-Based Regulation208
10The Pest Management Regulatory Agency: The Resilience of Science in Pesticide Regulation234
11Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Science and Conservation261
12Patient Science versus Science on Demand: The Stretching of Green Science at Environment Canada286
13A Question of Balance: New Approaches for Science-Based Regulation307
14Central Agencies, Horizontal Issues, and Precarious Values: Coordinating Science Policy in the Federal Government334
15Conclusions: New Institutions and Prospects for Change363

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