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Intractable policy failure: the case of bovine TB and badgers

By Wyn Grant

Abstract

The failure to eliminate bovine TB from the English and Welsh cattle herd represents a long-term intractable policy failure. Cattle-to-cattle transmission of the disease has been underemphasised in the debate compared with transmission from badgers despite a contested evidence base. Archival evidence shows that mythical constructions of the badger have shaped the policy debate. Relevant evidence was incomplete and contested; alternative framings of the policy problem were polarised and difficult to reconcile; and this rendered normal techniques of stakeholder management through co-option and mediation of little assistance

Topics: SF, JA
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2182

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