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Regulating Technology


Regulating Technology: international harmonization and local realities
By Patrick van Zwanenberg, Adrian Ely and Adrian Smith

About this book
Examining the regulation of technologies, this book explores how the drive to harmonize regulatory policies across the world is at odds with the increasingly diverse local settings in which they are implemented. The authors use a ‘framings’ approach that starts with the concerns and experiences of technology users and works 'upwards' in order to examine how best to improve regulation.

The book centres around two in-depth case study topics: regulation of transgenic cotton seed and regulation of antibiotics, compared across situations in China and Argentina. The authors examine how high-level initiatives in regulatory harmonization and regulatory capacity building compare with national policies, day-to-day enforcement realities on the ground, and with the way poorer users experience these technologies. Through these studies the authors offer ways to rethink regulation in order to realign the power and politics at play and create more effective regulation for technology users around the world.

Published in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Review quotes
"Within science and technology studies, this book represents a major contribution that builds upon the seminal work on the gap between regulatory assumptions and daily realities by Brian Wynne published in the late 1980s. The fact that this book focuses on the effects of implementation and harmonisation of regulations at the local level is particularly innovative and generates valuable findings that usefully complement – and in some cases challenge – the existing literature in this field."—Dr Claire Marris, BIOS Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science.

"The creation of appropriate regulatory structures for new and emerging technologies in developing countries is a major policy challenge. This book stimulates our minds to think about the institutional frameworks that can help the developing world cope with the implications of these technologies."—Dr Sachin Chaturvedi, senior fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India.

About the authors
Patrick van Zwanenberg, Adrian Ely and Adrian Smith are researchers at Science & Technology Policy Research and members of the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre, both at the University of Sussex, UK.

This book costs £20.99. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to purchase the book.


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