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The International Politics of Genetically Modified Food

Diplomacy, Trade and Law


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: The International Politics of Genetically Modified Food

  3. States, Firms and NGOs in the Creation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

  4. Globalization, Corporate Power and International Trade

  5. The Transatlantic Divide and Its Global Impact

  6. GMO Politics in the Developing World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Kathryn Hochstetler
      Pages 157-173
  7. Biotechnology Regulation, the WTO and International Environmental Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Grant E. Isaac, William A. Kerr
      Pages 195-212
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 229-265

About this book


Genetically modified food is at the heart of a new global conflict over how to govern risky technologies in an era of globalization. This timely collection brings together experts from the fields of IR, environmental studies, trade and law to examine the sources of international friction and to explore the prospects for international co-operation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

About the authors

PHILIPP AERNI Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute, Centre for Comparative and International Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland BAS ARTS Professor, Forest and Nature Conversation Policy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands THOMAS BERNAUER Professor of Political Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland JENNIFER CLAPP CIGI Chair in International Governance and Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada KATHRYN HOCHSTETLER Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico, USA GRANT E. ISAAC Dean of the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan, Canada WILLIAM A. KERR Van Vliet Professor of International Trade, University of Saskatchewan and Senior Associate of the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, Canada KELLY L. KOLLMAN Lecturer, Politics Department, University of Glasgow, UK LES LEVIDOW Senior Research Fellow, Open University, UK SANDRA MACK Stakeholder Communications Co-ordinator, State Government Victoria, Australia RUTH MACKENZIE Principal Research Fellow and Assistant Director, Centre for the International Courts and Tribunals, Faculty of Laws, University College, London, UK PETER NEWELL Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, University of Warwick, UK ASEEM PRAKASH Associate Professor in Political Science, University of Washington-Seattle, USA

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'This is an outstanding collection of essays that makes a major contribution to both scholarship and to understanding public policy. I can think of no other volume that presents such as comprehensive, integrated analysis of the complex scientific, political , economic and legal dimensions of GMO policies. It is essential reading.' - David Vogel, George Quist Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, US

'This masterful collection explores every angle of this quintessentially global controversy... It is essential reading for teachers and students of global politics along with anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the complex global politics surrounding GM food.' - Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia

'Overall, this collection gives a thorough view of the interests and strategies of the various actors and the main points of concern over GM Foods...This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the present and future governance of GM food.' Shane Mulligan, Political Studies Review

'Overall, this is a skilfully assembled and judiciously structured collection...this volume probably represents the most inclusive work on the international politics of GM food to date. Both newcomers to this field and well-versed scholars need look no further for an admirably well-rounded analysis.' - Hannes Stephan, International Affairs

'...a valuable resource for GMO sceptics and supporters alike. Both will find chapters that are factually reliable, analytically careful, and conceptually challenging.' - Robert Paarlberg, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology