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Risk, science and blood: Politics, HIV, hepatitis & haemophilia in Ireland

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Show simple item record Taylor, G. Power, M. 2012-03-13T13:15:57Z 2012-03-13T13:15:57Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Taylor, G. & Power, M.(2010) Risk, science and blood: Politics, HIV, Hepatitis and Haemophilia in Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway.
dc.description.abstract With Ireland's blood supply compromised in the 1980s, the impact upon its haemophiliac community was unprecedented. Thus far, academic attention has focused on apportioning blame and identifying administrative failure: what the government knew about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Hepatitis C; and when the blood supply was compromised. Our task is to explain why the crisis emerged. We maintain it was not an issue of risk management, but risk assessment. Prior to the 1970s, decisions about risk were refracted through government channels (ministers, civil servants and medico-scientific experts, i.e. the realm of the political/legal). By the 1980s, risk assessment/management were separated and Government was predisposed to accept market decisions (the realm of the economic/legal). Here intervention is recognised as legitimate only if a risk is established and, even then, it must be proportionate. A balance must be struck between competing objectives: safety, innovation, cost, competitiveness and free trade. Crucially, this reform precluded a precautionary approach.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject School of Political Science and Sociology en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title Risk, science and blood: Politics, HIV, hepatitis & haemophilia in Ireland en_US
dc.type Book en_US 2012-02-10T11:17:30Z
dc.description.peer-reviewed non-peer-reviewed
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dc.internal.rssid 1159844 Martin Power, Health Promotion Research Ctr, Room 303,, 16 Distillery Road, Nui Galway. 2157 Email:
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