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BSE: risk, science and governance

Patrick van Zwanenberg and Erik Millstone


This book presents a systematic analysis of how BSE policy was made in the UK and EU, 1986%#x2013;2004. The main focus is on the role of scientific expertise, advice, and evidence in policy-making processes, and its use by officials and ministers as a political resource. The central argument is that highly political and highly problematic policy decisions were often misrepresented as based on, and only on, sound science. Those tactics required the selective highlighting of scientific uncertainties. Since many of the most crucial policy-sensitive uncertainties were concealed or discounted, rese ... More

Keywords: BSE, risk, regulation, expertise, scientific advisory committee, mad cow disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick van Zwanenberg, author
Senior Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Erik Millstone, author
Reader in Science Policy, Science and technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK