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Why is there No Mad Cow Disease in the United States? Comparing the Politics of Food Safety in Europe and the U.S

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  • Struenck, Christoph
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    This paper compares approaches towards food safety regulation in Europe and the United States. It focuses on mad cow disease and examines how the British Government and the European Union handled the first big crisis in the nineties, juxtaposed to the American response. This worst public health disaster in Europe has led to new agencies and policies. However, these institutional changes do not abolish fragmentation, but extend the existing landscape of regulatory bodies. The paper emphasizes that fragmentation – as the American case shows despite its shortcomings – prevents science from being captured by the state, allows interest groups broader access and ensures a distinct pattern of checks and balances.

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    Paper provided by Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley in its series Institute of European Studies, Working Paper Series with number qt4z6868qv.

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    Date of creation: 01 Dec 2001
    Handle: RePEc:cdl:bineur:qt4z6868qv
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    1. Vogel, David, 2001. "The new politics of risk regulation in Europe," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 35984, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Vogel, David, 1990. "When Consumers Oppose Consumer Protection: The Politics of Regulatory Backlash," Journal of Public Policy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 10(04), pages 449-470, October.
    3. Justin Greenwood & Linda Strangward & Lara Stancich, 1999. "The Capacities of Euro Groups in the Integration Process," Political Studies, Political Studies Association, vol. 47(1), pages 127-138, March.
    4. Buonanno, Laurie & Zablotney, Sharon & Keefer, Richard, 2001. "Politics versus Science in the Making of a New Regulatory Regime for Food in Europe," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 5, October.
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