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The Politics of Precaution
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The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States

David Vogel


This book examines the politics of consumer and environmental risk regulation in the United States and Europe over the last five decades, explaining why America and Europe have often regulated a wide range of similar risks differently. It finds that between 1960 and 1990, American health, safety, and environmental regulations were more stringent, risk averse, comprehensive, and innovative than those adopted in Europe. But since around 1990 global regulatory leadership has shifted to Europe. What explains this striking reversal? This book takes an in-depth, comparative look at European and Amer ... More

Keywords: environmental risk regulation, consumer risk regulation, global regulatory leadership, vehicle air pollution, climate change, genetically modified agriculture, pesticides, cosmetic safety, hazardous substances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691124162
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691124162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Vogel, author
University of California, Berkeley