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Revealing the footprint: supranational organizations andtransnational governance of biotechnology in southern Africa

Mugwagwa, Julius (2013). Revealing the footprint: supranational organizations andtransnational governance of biotechnology in southern Africa. Regional Science Policy and Practice, 5(1) pp. 135–148.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the roles of three supranational organizations (SNOs), the African Union (AU), New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and Southern African Development Community (SADC), in the development of cross-national policy, regulatory and administrative systems for managing modern biotechnology, also referred to as biosafety systems, in southern Africa. The desire for convergence of these systems is not an uncontested issue. Therefore in seeking to understand the feasibility of this policy agenda, this paper traces how the three SNOs are contributing towards coalescence of the many contending issues. One of the major arguments presented by the paper is that the policy footprint of the SNOs has varying intensity across the biosafety terrain of the region, leaving one wondering whether this is by design or by accident, and what impact this has on the countries that see the SNOs as rallying points for regional aspirations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 the author(s)
ISSN: 1757-7802
Keywords: biosafety; biotechnology; policy convergence; southern Africa; supranational organizations
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
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Item ID: 36343
Depositing User: Julius Mugwagwa
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 10:32
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 22:43
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36343
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