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Regulatory Science, Europeanisation and the Control of Agrochemicals

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Henry Frederick Rothstein, Alan Irwin, Steven Yearley, Elaine Mc. Carthy

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-264
JournalScience, Technology and Human Values
Issue number2
PublishedApr 1999

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This article addresses issues of regulatory convergence and Europeanization as they have developed within the agrochemicals sector. Taking the United Kingdom as a case study, the article considers the continuing importance of local and national factors within systems that are ostensibly international and standardized. In particular, the article shows how the embedded social relations of regulatory science in the United Kingdom, including institutional practices, judgments of expertise, and established relationships of trust, result in a “nation centeredness” and divergence of regulatory cultures despite the putative development of a harmonized European framework. It is argued that, as a consequence, the claimed universalism of scientific culture in this area is in tension with the local conditions of its practice and enactment.

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