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Regulating Risks in the European Union

The Co-production of Expert and Executive Power

Editor(s): Maria Weimer, Anniek de Ruijter
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Published: 20-02-2020
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 296
ISBN: 9781509936601
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £30.00
 

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About Regulating Risks in the European Union

A growing body of EU law and regulation is preoccupied with the protection of EU citizens from health and environmental risks. Which chemicals are safe and should be allowed on the market? How should the EU respond to public health emergencies, such as Ebola and other infectious diseases? Regulatory responses to these questions confront deep uncertainty, limited knowledge and societal contestation. In a time where the use of scientific expertise in EU policy-making is particularly contested, this book offers a timely contribution to both the academic and policy debate on the role of specialised expertise in EU public decision-making on risk and technology as well as on its intertwinement with executive power. It draws on insights from law, governance, political sciences, and science and technology studies, bringing together leading scholars in this field. Contributions are drawn together by a shared theoretical perspective, namely by their use of co-production as an analytical lens to study the intricate interplay between techno-scientific expertise and EU executive power. By so doing, this collection produces highly original insights into the development of the EU administrative state, as well as into the role of regulatory science in its construction. This book will be useful to scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers working on risk regulation and the role of expertise in public decision-making.

Table Of Contents

1. Regulating Risks in the European Union: The Co-production of Expert and Executive Power
MARIA WEIMER AND ANNIEK DE RUIJTER

Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives
2. Constitutions of Modernity: Science, Risk and Governable Subjects
SHEILA JASANOFF
3. Expert Executive Power, Administrative Constitutionalism and Co-production: Why They Matter
ELIZABETH FISHER

Part 2: Practices of Co-production
4. Recombinant Regulation: EU Executive Power and Expertise in Responding to Synthetic Biology
ELEN STOKES
5. Defining the Invisible: Between Soft Norms and Hard Realities in the European Regulation of Nanotechnologies
TANJA EHNERT
6. Mixing EU Security and Public Health Expertise in the Health Threats Decision
ANNIEK DE RUIJTER
7. Constituting Public Health Surveillance in Twenty-first Century Europe
SCOTT L GREER
8. Behavioural Expertise and Regulatory Power in Europe
HOLGER STRASSHEIM

Part 3: Rethinking Constitutionalism: Legitimacy and Accountability
9. Expertise as Justification: The Contested Legitimation of the EU 'Risk Administration'
MARIA WEIMER AND GAIA PISANI
10. Evolving Conceptions of Science and Legitimacy: Insights from American Administrative Law
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
11. Accountability and Co-production beyond Courts: The Role of the European Ombudsman
MARIA LEE

Reviews

“This masterfully edited collection of essays should appear on any 2018 EU Law reading list. It is an illuminating account of the realities of risk regulation and a powerful theoretical and applied challenge to mainstream EU constitutional scholarship and practice ... Works such as this are precisely what we need.” –  Marco Rizzi, Common Market Law Review

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