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Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Perspectives and Prospects

Elizabeth Fisher

Published January 1st 2006
ISBN : 9781845427023
Hardcover
336 pages
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This challenging book takes a broad and thought-provoking look at the precautionary principle and its implementation, or potential implementation, in a number of fields. In particular, the essays within the book explore the challenges faced by publicMoreThis challenging book takes a broad and thought-provoking look at the precautionary principle and its implementation, or potential implementation, in a number of fields. In particular, the essays within the book explore the challenges faced by public decision-making processes when applying the precautionary principle, including its role in risk management and risk assessment. Frameworks for improved decision making are considered, followed by a detailed analysis of prospective applications of the precautionary principle in a number of emerging fields including: nanotechnology, climate change, natural resource management and public health policy. The analysis is both coherent and interdisciplinary, employing perspectives from law, the social sciences and public policy with a view to improving both the legitimacy and effectiveness of public policy at national and international levels. Bringing together authors from both policy making and academia and from a wide range of disciplines and jurisdictions, this book will be of interest to academic scholars interested in environmental policy, law and politics.