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Risk, regulation and crisis: comparing national responses in food safety regulation

Lodge, Martin ORCID: 0000-0002-4273-6118 (2011) Risk, regulation and crisis: comparing national responses in food safety regulation. Journal of Public Policy, 31 (1). pp. 25-50. ISSN 0143-814X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0143814X10000218


The literature on risk regulation often assumes a direct link between public pressure and regulatory responses. This article investigates whether the direction of regulatory response is related to public argumentation as expressed in the national print media. Three approaches are explored: national policy patterns, political panics expressed in Pavlovian politics, and policy responses shaped by universal policy paradigms. It assesses these three approaches in comparative perspective by looking at scandals in food safety regulation in Denmark, Germany and the US, looking at argumentation patterns in the national print media and using a coding system derived from grid-group cultural theory and regulatory responses. While all three countries display mostly hierarchical argumentation patterns, their actual regulatory responses point to diverse patterns.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 01:51

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