Risk, precaution and science: towards a more constructive policy debate. Talking point on the precautionary principle

Stirling, Andrew (2007) Risk, precaution and science: towards a more constructive policy debate. Talking point on the precautionary principle. EMBO Reports, 8 (4). pp. 309-315. ISSN 1469-221X

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Abstract

Few issues in contemporary risk policy are as momentous or contentious as the precautionary principle. Since it first emerged in German environmental policy, it has been championed by environmentalists and consumer protection groups, and resisted by the industries they oppose (Raffensperger & Tickner, 1999). Various versions of the principle now proliferate across different national and international jurisdictions and policy areas (Fisher, 2002). From a guiding theme in European Commission (EC) environmental policy, it has become a general principle of EC law (CEC, 2000; Vos & Wendler, 2006). Its influence has extended from the regulation of environmental, technological and health risks to the wider governance of science, innovation and trade (O'Riordan & Cameron, 1994).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher's version available at official URL.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 20:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1591
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