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Comptes Rendus Chimie
Volume 15, n° 7
pages 595-602 (juillet 2012)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crci.2012.03.015
Received : 29 January 2012 ;  accepted : 29 Mars 2012
Limit values and the boundaries of science and technology
 

Carsten Reinhardt
Institute of Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Postbox 100131, D 33501 Bielefeld, Germany 

Abstract

Limit values are an important instrument of regulatory science and politics.1 The focus of this article is on occupational exposure limits in the Federal Republic of Germany from the 1950s to the 1980s. Public statements of a chairman of a regulatory commission are studied with respect to the representation of the relationship of science and technology. The article closes with some thoughts about the coincidence of models for the relationship between science and technology dominating innovation theory with models underlying regulation.

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Keywords : Limit values, Occupational exposure limits, Science and technology relationship, History of science and technology


1  Work for this paper has been supported by the German Research Council, DFG, with grants Re 1492-6 and Re 1492-9.
2  At the University of Bielefeld, Gregor Lax is currently pursuing a PhD project to unravel the complex uses of the linear model in post-war West German discourse.


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