Scientists And The Regulation Of Risk
David Demortain, IFRIS, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France and CARR, London School of Economics, UK
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Risks are increasingly regulated by international standards, and scientists play a key role in standardisation. This fascinating book exposes the action of ‘invisible colleges’ of scientists – loose groups of prominent scientific experts who combine practical experience of risk and control with advisory responsibility – in the formulation of international standards.
Contents: 1. Risk Regulation – From Controversies to Common Concepts 2. Communities, Networks and Colleges: Expert Collectives in Transnational Regulation 3. From Qualifying Products to Imputing Adverse Events: A Short History of Risk Regulation 4. Drawing Lessons: Medical Professionals and the Introduction of Pharmacovigilance Planning 5. Modelling Regulation: HACCP and the Ambitions of the Food Microbiology Elite 6. The Value of Abstraction: Food Safety Scientists and the Invention of Post-market Monitoring 7. Exploring Invisible Colleges: Sociology of the Standardising Scientist 8. Scientists, Standardisation and Regulatory Change: The Emergent Action of Invisible Colleges Appendix 1. Research Strategy and Methodology References Index