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Frames in the Toxicity Controversy: Risk Assessment and Policy Analysis Related to the Dutch Chlorine Debate and the Swedish PVC Debate

By: Arnold Tukker

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #97324 | ISBN: 0792355547
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There is a great deal of controversy about how to deal with man-made chemicals. Environmentalists and industrialists throughout the world clash on such subjects as chlorine, PVC, endocrine disrupters and the precautionary principle. In this book Tukker untangles the controversy. Three chapters relate to long-term evaluations into two hot-spots in the toxicity controversy - the debates on chlorine in the Netherlands and PVC in Sweden.The book adopts a political-philosophical view, presenting a thorough theoretical analysis of the potential of scientific research to solve controversies, and evaluating the history of the chlorine and PVC controversies. The book combines the quantitative analytical approaches of environmental science with qualitative approaches of policy sciences and the philosophy of science (frame analysis, cultural theory, discourse theory, etc.). It is an accessible analysis of the toxicity debate that will enable scientists, policy makers and others to place their roles in a much wider context within the decision-making process.


2. The Role of Science in Controversies. 3. The Toolbox for Evaluations of Environmental Performance. 4. Chlorine in the Netherlands: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks and Uncertainties. 5. PVC in Sweden: An Analysis of Environmental Bottlenecks. 6. The Dutch Chlorine Debate. 7. The Swedish PVC-Debate.

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