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BOOK REVIEW: CONTROLLING CHEMICALS: THE POLITICS OF REGULATION IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES. By Ronald Brickman, Sheila Jasanoff, and Thomas Ilgen *



* Ronald Brickman, Professor at Vanderbilt University; Sheila Jasanoff, Professor at Cornell University; Thomas Ilgen, Professor at Brandeis University.

Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 1985. Pp. 344.

1987

55 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1173

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Reviewed by Paulette L. Stenzel **

Excerpt

The American public is becoming increasingly discontented with federal administrative agencies, especially with those agencies that regulate chemical substances. In the 1960s and 1970s, our nation embarked on an ambitious path of social regulation designed to protect citizens' health and to clean up and preserve our environment for future generations. But in spite of massive expenditures of time and money, our problems in environmental protection seem, if anything, more unmanageable than before we began. The dangers we seek to avert through chemical regulation are ominous and great, and our expectations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and similar agencies are high. Yet our expectations far exceed the agencies' abilities to reduce risk and assure us of safety in our society because such agencies are severely limited in their actions by factors including scientific uncertainty, limited financial resources, and the nature of our regulatory policies and processes.

In view of the American public's diminishing trust in the federal regulatory process, Controlling Chemicals: The Politics of Regulation in Europe and the United States 1 is particularly timely. Professors Brickman, Jasanoff, and Ilgen explore and compare the chemical regulation policies of four major industrialized democratic countries. They examine the experiences of the United States, Great Britain, France, and West Germany in their efforts to assess chemical-related risks and design chemical control policies. The authors' objective is to explore alternatives for reform of our regulatory process which the European ...
 
 
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