This study provides a general framework that is able to explain cross-national regulatory variation. Its most important theoretical contribution is to include the notion of public perceptions into a political economy theory of regulation. The study involves four case studies from the realm of environmental, health, and safety risks.
"[...] The case studies on food irradiation fill an important gap in the literature on environmental, health, and safety regulation. The case studies on GMO-regulation are [...] more systematic and informative than most other work of a comparable nature that has been published today."
Prof. Thomas Bernauer, Center for International Studies, Zurich.