Participation in the Development of UK Regulatory Policy for Pesticides

Russell, Fiona Jane (1992). Participation in the Development of UK Regulatory Policy for Pesticides. PhD thesis The Open University.



This thesis explores possible constraints on effective participation and the scope of alternatives considered by central policy makers, in a debate on the content of regulations to control pesticides. These aspects of the policy process were examined in a case study of the Food and Environment Protection Act (1985) and the Control of Pesticides Regulations (1986). Four issues affecting manufacture, marketing and use were examined in each of three chronological phases: pre-parliamentary, parliamentary and administrative. Interview data, interest group responses to two Government consultative documents and Hansard material were analysed. Key constraining factors framing the current debate were seen to encompass "situational" factors, which were historical (existing structures, past debates and views of long-standing central participants in the control system) or current (present procedures, time available and views of newer central participants), substantive or procedural. The operation and effects of such framing in the contemporary debate on the chosen issues are discussed.

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