The Politics of Chemical Risk: Scenarios for a Regulatory Future

  • Roland Bal
  • Willem Halffman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. General Introduction

    1. Willem Halffman, Roland Bal
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Risk Asessement — Risk Management Boundary

  4. The International Arena

  5. Standardization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-207
    2. Alan Irwin, Henry Rothstein, Elaine McCarthy, Steven Yearley
      Pages 231-250
    3. Willem Halffman
      Pages 265-291
  6. Scenarios and Reflexions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Willem Halffman, Roland Bal
      Pages 303-332
    3. Willem Halffman, Roland Bal
      Pages 333-344
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 345-367

About this book


All industrial countries have developed regulatory systems to assess and manage the risk of chemical substances to the working and natural environment. The pressure to harmonize these often specialized regulatory systems is increasingly strong at the international level. Such harmonization not only entails the assessment of particular chemicals, but also the way assessment procedures and their boundary with risk management is organized. As these initiatives intensify, they increasingly raise important questions of how to integrate national differences in the international regulatory arena. How will national consultation procedures relate to international decision-making on chemical risks? How will differences in national risk assessment procedures be accommodated? How will the international regulatory system be integrated with different national styles of regulation and government?
Presenting the experiences and insights of both people from within the worlds of risk assessment and management and from the field of Science Studies, this book forms a state-of-the-art in the discussion on the Politics of Chemical Risk. By offering scenarios, or sketches of a regulatory future, it points to the choices that can be made and the opportunities to be explored. As such, it offers an agenda for environmental and occupational scientists, policy-makers and students of science and technology alike.


European Union (EU) Policy management politics pressure risk management

Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Bal
    • 1
  • Willem Halffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Leyden Institute for Law & Public PolicyUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Science & Technology DynamicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4973-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9101-0
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