Management of Health Risks from Environment and Food

Policy and Politics of Health Risk Management in Five Countries - Asbestos and BSE

  • Hajime Sato

Part of the Alliance for Global Sustainability Bookseries book series (AGSB, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Management of environmental risk: Cases of asbestos

  4. Management of food risk: Cases of BSE-related human risk management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 182-182
    2. Andrew Webster, Conor M.W. Douglas, Hajime Sato
      Pages 221-265
    3. Pierre-Benoit Joly, Hajime Sato
      Pages 267-315
    4. Rose Campbell, Hajime Sato
      Pages 317-338
  5. Conclusions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-387

About this book


This book examines the policy and politics of two health risks, which have recently become prominent social issues in many countries. One is the issue of asbestos as an environmental risk to humans, and another is that of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease as an animal disease, and of its variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) as a human food risk. Employing a set of analytical frameworks in political science, each case study explores how the issues emerged, agendas got set, alternatives were chosen, and policies were implemented. Through the analysis, it is examined how safety and public reassurance were pursued in the countries studied (Japan, the UK, France the USA, and Korea).

Exploration of the successes and failures in their efforts discloses the key elements to successful health risk management.


Policy Political Science Politics amines development environment food risk food safety health policy health politics health risk management international comparative study management of health risks public health risks sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Hajime Sato
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Medicine &University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3027-6
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3028-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-4780
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