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The Politics of PrecautionRegulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States$
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David Vogel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691124162

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691124162.001.0001

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The Transatlantic Shift in Regulatory Stringency

The Transatlantic Shift in Regulatory Stringency

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(p.1) Chapter One The Transatlantic Shift in Regulatory Stringency
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The Politics of Precaution
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David Vogel

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691124162.003.0001

This chapter discusses how within political systems, there are important linkages among many health, safety, and environmental risk regulations. Their public issue life cycles overlap and they often follow parallel or convergent political trajectories. Each regulatory decision or non-decision has distinctive and multiple causes, and no single theory can adequately account for all the policy outcomes that have taken place in both Europe and the United States since 1960. The chapter then establishes an explanatory framework that focuses on the role and interaction of three factors: the extent and intensity of public pressures for more stringent or protective regulations, the policy preferences of influential government officials, and the criteria by which policy makers assess and manage risks.

Keywords:   environmental risk regulations, health, safety, political systems, policy outcomes, public pressures, government officials

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