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Scare, scandal and crisis – insights into the risk politics of food safety

This is a book about the risk politics of food safety. Food-related risks regularly grab the headlines in ways that threaten reasoned debate and obstruct sensible policy making. This book explains why this is the case, and goes on to make the case for a properly informed and fully open public debate about food safety issues. It argues that this is the true antidote to the politics of scare, scandal, and crisis. The book weaves together the many different threads of food safety and risk politics.

New roles for experts and publics
Sarah Hartley
Adam Kokotovich

10 Disentangling risk assessment: new roles for experts and publics Sarah Hartley, Adam Kokotovich Risk assessment is an important stage of risk governance, alongside risk characterisation, risk evaluation and risk management. A burgeoning literature on public involvement in risk governance and sciencebased policymaking more broadly has developed in response to tensions in governing environmental risk, particularly the environmental risks posed by emerging technologies (Irwin, 2014; Levidow, 2007; Renn and Schweizer, 2009; Rothstein, 2013; Wynne, 2006). However

in Science and the politics of openness
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A Saint’s Testament
Alexandra Parsons

‘We have moved into a little office above Ann Summers’ sex shop with a view down Old Compton Street, enough room to swivel a chair, “AYOR” written on the doorbell’, Derek Jarman writes in Smiling in Slow Motion on 21 October 1991 (p. 59). Jarman composed the slim, polemic text At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament ( 1992 ) between late 1991 and early 1992. He enlisted the help of several young friends, who interviewed him extensively about his past, assisted him with the research, then helped to shape the collected material. Colin MacCabe

in Luminous presence
Martin Yuille
Bill Ollier

Removing a pump handle can be sufficient, we saw in Chapter 6 , to end an outbreak of cholera. Using today’s scientific language, we would say that eliminating a modifiable risk factor for cholera can be sufficient to reduce substantially the number of cholera cases. Notice that a risk factor does not necessarily act as a cause of the risk in question. The handle itself was not the cause of the cholera epidemic. Soho was not at risk of cholera because there were too many pump handles. The Broad Street handle was, instead, one critical component of a water

in Saving sick Britain
Nicky Falkof

of the country, sometimes blithely, sometimes hysterically, feeding people’s senses of living under siege or at constant risk of danger. Regardless of experiences of actual insecurity or violence, the emotional consequences of this volatility can have a significant effect on the daily lives of all sorts of people, impacting on health, politics, economics, identity and belief systems. South Africa is not, of course, unique in this, as journalist Niren Tolsi highlights when he warns us about the country’s ‘innate

in Worrier state
Susan Park

3402 World Bank Group:2634Prelims 12/11/09 14:56 Page 184 5 MIGA and green political risk? Introduction Following the increased intensity of TEAN interactions with IFC, MIGA also began to attract TEAN attention for providing political risk insurance to investors funding projects with severe environmental impacts. Attempts to socialise MIGA roughly followed the same pattern established in the previous two cases. This chapter argues that MIGA is only now beginning to follow a market-based sustainable development. Arguably this is a result of its political

in World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists
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Sarah Lonsdale

Dawson: ‘The conditions of work in this office are such as to make it awkward to accept women as foreign sub-editors, which we regard as an essential part of the training of young foreign correspondents’, he wrote to her. 8 While in his letter he accepted that women could, and did, make good journalists, he created such obstacles as to prevent their being able to work in the Times ’s office. He advised her, if she was going to the continent, to send the paper some ‘fashion notes’ instead. So she took off, alone, ironically exposing herself to far greater risk than

in Rebel women between the wars
Mike Buckle
John Thompson

13.1   Introduction The prices of assets or interest or exchange rates can be subject to unexpected changes that can create losses. In this chapter we survey the various methods that are open to traders to manage risk. The risks we are concerned with arise in connection with unforeseen changes in exchange rates and interest rates. Quite obviously

in The UK financial system (fifth edition)
Sean Healy
Victoria Russell

claimed, is not reduced numbers of people attempting the journey, but an increased risk of death. For example, MSF conducted its own research ( Arsenijevic et al. , 2017 ) into this claim of a ‘pull factor’ which compared the trends in attempted sea crossings and adverse sea outcomes over three time periods: during Operation Mare Nostrum (dedicated SAR mission but no NGO presence), during the period of Operation Triton 5 but

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Datchet Diamonds
Victoria Margree

5 •• Speculative society, risk and the crime thriller: The Datchet Diamonds Victoria Margree In Richard Marsh’s The Datchet Diamonds (1898), luckless stock market speculator Cyril Paxton becomes entwined in the world of gentlemancriminal Arthur Lawrence. When a chance encounter puts Paxton in possession of the Duchess of Datchet’s diamond collection, which Lawrence has procured in a daring heist, he must decide whether to push his scruples aside and risk all on one final speculation. Marsh’s decision to build a crime thriller around a plot of financial

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915