What's the Beef?: The Contested Governance of European Food Safety

What's the Beef?: The Contested Governance of European Food Safety

by Christopher Ansell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262511924

ISBN-13: 9780262511926

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: MIT Press

A series of food-related crises--most notably mad cow disease in Britain,
farmer protests in France against American hormone-treated beef, and the European
Union's banning of genetically modified food--has turned the regulation of food safety in Europe into a crucible for issues of institutional trust, legitimacy, and effectiveness. What's the Beef?

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Overview

A series of food-related crises--most notably mad cow disease in Britain,
farmer protests in France against American hormone-treated beef, and the European
Union's banning of genetically modified food--has turned the regulation of food safety in Europe into a crucible for issues of institutional trust, legitimacy, and effectiveness. What's the Beef? examines European food safety regulation at the national, European, and international levels as a case of "contested governance"--a syndrome of policymaking and political dispute in which not only policy outcomes but aso the fundamental legitimacy of existing institutional arrangements are challenged.The discussions of European food safety regulation in What's the Beef?
open into consideration of broader issues, including the growing importance of multilevel regulation (and the possibility of disagreements among different levels of authority), the future of European integration, discontent over trade globalization, the politicization of risk assessment and regulatory science, the regulation of biotechnology, the shifting balance between public and private regulation, agricultural protectionism, and the "transatlantic divide." After addressing the historical, social, and economic context of European food safety regulation, the book examines national efforts at food safety reform in France,
Britain, and Germany and such regional efforts as the creation of the European Food
Authority. The book also looks at the international dimensions of European food safety regulation, discussing the conflicts between EU safety rules and World Trade
Organization rulings that occur because EU rules are more risk averse
("precautionary") than those of its trading partners, including the United
States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262511926
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Politics, Science, and the Environment
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1The contested governance of European food safety regulation3
2Taste, traditions, and transactions : the public and private regulation of food35
3Contentions over food safety : the significance of consumer trust61
4Food safety and the structure of the European food industry81
5Protesting food : NGOs and political mobilization in Europe97
6Is it just about trust? : the partial reform of French food safety regulation125
7From precautionary bans to DIY poison tasting : reform of the UK food safety regulation regime153
8Governance reform of German food safety regulation : cosmetic or real?181
9Regulating food safety risks in the European Union : a comparative perspective213
10Food safety and the single European market237
11The creation of the European food safety authority259
12Protection or protectionism? EU food safety and the WTO281
13Compatibility or clash? EU food safety and the WTO307
14The asymmetries of governance329

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