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Science and the Law: How the Communication of Science Affects Policy Development in the Environment, Food, Health, and Transport Sectors

Edited by: William G. Town, Judith N. Currano

ISBN13: 9780841231085
Published: September 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £97.00



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Communication and assessment of scientific information is as important as the science itself, especially when policy-makers, politicians, and media specialists lack scientific backgrounds. Scientific advice has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested. This book explores the effect of the public communication of science on the interaction between science and policy development in the regulation of the environment, food, health, and transport sectors.

This second "Science and the Law" book by these editors presents a series of case studies that illustrate the impact of science communication to lawmakers and the general public in other areas of policy development, including nutrition, tobacco science, drugs, and environmental issues. The chapter contributors all present an interesting cross-section of current, hot-button issues that revolve around scientific principles, and they clearly demonstrate the extent to which accurate and appropriate communication of science influences leaders and legislation.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. The Communication of Science and Influence on Development of Science-Based Policy
2. Impact of the Communication of Science on Government Policy — The Perspective from the United Kingdom
3. Consumer Communication of Nutrition Science and Impact on Public Health
4. The Role of Regulatory Science in Reducing the Public Health Impact of Tobacco Use
5. FDA's Communication of Nicotine Science
6. Communicating Controversial Science: The Case of Tobacco Harm Reduction and the Ethics of Blanket Censorship
7. Science, Values, and the Political Framing of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)
8. The Importance of Exposure Dose in Communicating the Ecotoxicology of Engineered Nanomaterials
9. Risk Analysis Approaches for Establishing Maximum Levels of Essential Nutrients in Fortified Foods and (Dietary) Supplements
10. PEPFAR — A U.S. Government Program That Is Helping To Keep Millions Alive Around the World