Food, risk and politics

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

By Ed Randall

Food, risk and politics
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  • Price: £80.00
  • ISBN: 9780719072307
  • Publish Date: Apr 2009
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781847796370
  • Publish Date: Jul 2013
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: eBook
    • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9637-0
    • Published Date: July 2013


    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. In this book, Ed Randall explains why this is the case. He goes on to make the case for a properly informed and fully open public debate about food safety issues. He argues that this is the true antidote to the politics of scare, scandal and crisis.

    The book skilfully weaves together the many different threads of food safety and risk politics and offers a particularly rewarding read for academics and students in the fields of politics and media studies. It will also appeal to scholars from other disciplines, particularly social psychology and the food sciences. The book is a lively and exceptionally readable account of food safety and risk politics that will engage policy makers and the general reader. It promises to help us all manage food safety issues more intelligently and successfully.


    1. Introduction
    2. Salmonella and media intrusion: food safety policy and politics upset
    3. An inspector calls: Pennington, E. coli and disaster science
    4. BSE and vCJD - still crazy after all these years
    5. GMOs and food - is anyone listening?
    6. Dioxin - scares without borders
    7. Foot and mouth disease - who's panicking now?
    8. Conclusion


    Ed Randall is Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths University of London

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