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Title: Food, risk and changing food safety control systems : politics of food in four countries and the EU : a comparative perspective
Author: Han, Youngsup
ISNI:       0000 0001 3529 393X
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis explores the changes of food safety control system in the UK, the USA, Canada, the EU and South Korea over the last ten years to find lessons for the establishment of a food safety control system for Korea. The aim being to protect the consumer, for this purpose, we look at these changes at three levels: (1) Horizontal division of food safety responsibility at the central government, (2) The working relationship between scientists and policy makers, and (3) Vertical working relationship between central and local governments. This work is undertaken by comparative perspective with multiple case studies. The ideas and concepts of New Public Management and Risk Analysis help us to understand those changes. Research methods are semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis, participatory observation and literature survey and emailing. The main findings of the study are: At the central government level, fragmented, ill-coordinated, unclear responsibility, dual and multi roles of food authorities matters, therefore new single agency has been created in the UK, the EU and Canada. The division of food safety responsibility between central and local government varies but increasingly the partnership is required to cope with food risks. The changes of food safety control system have been motivated by various reasons and resulted in different organizational settings but the principles and values such as mission clarification, more accountability, independency, transparency, participatory decision making, and even and consistent food law enforcement are all emphasized in the reform of food safety control system. The similarities help us to find general principles in dealing with scientifically uncertain food risks and differences help us to build organizational and instrumental arrangements reflecting different political, administrative and historical situations for the establishment of more efficient and effective food safety control system.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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