What's the Beef? The Contested Governance of European Food Safety (Politics, Science and Environment)"
By Chris Ansell (Right), Associate Professor of Political Science , UC Berkeley and
David Vogel (Left), Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
January 25, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Harris Seminar Room,
119 Moses Hall
A series of food-related crises -- most notably mad cow disease in Britain, farmer protests in France against American hormone-treated beef, and the European Union's banning of genetically modified food -- has turned the regulation of food safety in Europe into a crucible for issues of institutional trust, legitimacy, and effectiveness. What's the Beef?examines European food safety regulation at the national, European, and international levels as a case of "contested governance" -- a syndrome of policymaking and political dispute in which not only policy outcomes but also the fundamental legitimacy of existing institutional arrangements are challenged.
"Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power"
By Mark Schapiro, Editorial Director, Center for Investigative Journalism
November 28, 2007, 4 p.m.
Harris Seminar Room, 119 Moses Hall
Mark Schapiro's book investigates how corporations intent on thwarting stricter environmental and health guidelines here in the U.S. are forced to meet new demands by the European Union to improve their products. The resulting global economic power shift places Brussels, not Washington, in the driver's seat.