Posted on March 2, 2012 by Devin Keay

This institutional impulse arrived on the back of policy failures (notably, the management of BSE in the United Kingdom) and controversies (such as around the commercialization of biotechnology) which challenged the logics and practices of science-based regulation.

Prof. Alan Irwin, Dean of Research, Copenhagen Business School

More information here: http://rees.ualberta.ca/en/50YearsRees/FoodSafetyPolicy.aspx

Outline and biography:

Over the past twenty years, many European countries have begun a process of experimentation in opening risk and environmental governance to greater public participation.  This institutional impulse arrived on the back of policy failures (notably, the management of BSE in the United Kingdom) and controversies (such as around the commercialization of biotechnology) which challenged the logics and practices of science-based regulation.  Widespread concerns about public mistrust in scientific governance propelled citizen engagement to the forefront of policy agenda; supported at least partially by social scientists of science and public communication.



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