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Governing Uncertainty: Environmental Regulation in the Age of Nanotechnology Hardcover – February 23, 2010

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'This book makes a significant contribution to the issues it sets out to address, namely how government confronts conditions of acute uncertainty about environmental and health risks, and how, given such uncertainty, government structures its regulatory policy. Students and scholars of science and technology policy will find the work interesting and relevant, particularly in its treatment of the EPA and the federal scene.' Albert H. Teich, Director, Science and Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science 'The future context for dealing with risk will be unlike anything we have known, and the policies of the past will not provide the protection we need. The authors of Governing Uncertainty have made an important contribution to getting the discussion started.' From the Foreword by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies 'Christopher Bosso has assembled a group of outstanding researchers to examine in depth what government must do to investigate and, when required, regulate the effect of nanotechnology on the environment. This volume provides numerous insights into the challenges legislators and environmental policymakers will face in this new century as they try to manage this new technology.' Sheldon Kamieniecki, University of California, Santa Cruz and President, Public Policy Section, American Political Science Association 'A superb collection that explores nanotechnology and its largely unknown but significant societal risks. The authors' thoughtful assessment of these risks and of the institutions, policies, and procedures necessary to manage them merits serious attention by both scholars and policymakers.' Michael E. Kraft, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

About the Author

Christopher J. Bosso is a professor of political science and an associate dean at Northeastern University. His previous books include Environment, Inc.: From Grassroots to Beltway, winner of the 2006 Lynton Caldwell Award for best book in environmental politics and policy, and Pesticides and Politics: The Life Cycle of a Public Issue.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933115807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933115801
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,358,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark A. Banash on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The nanotechnology industry is maturing and the need for managing its environmental, health, and safety matters is one of the most pressing as it does. This management must also be done with knowledge that varies in its depth, sophistication, and reliability. Prof. Bosso's book provides both an appropriate scope and vision of this problem as well as practical approaches to dealing with it. All of the authors correctly note that this matter is more than technical; they consider the interests of government, industry, and NGOs and propose ways of building consensus among them. This is politically adroit and the book provides a pragmatic framework for, as the title says, governing uncertainity.
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