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Knowledge and Environmental Policy Re-Imagining the Boundaries of Science and Politics

ISBN-10: 0262514370
ISBN-13: 9780262514378
Edition: 2010
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Description: During the George W. Bush administration, politics and ideology routinely trumped scientific knowledge in making environmental policy. Data were falsified, reports were edited selectively, and scientists were censored. The Obama administration has  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

During the George W. Bush administration, politics and ideology routinely trumped scientific knowledge in making environmental policy. Data were falsified, reports were edited selectively, and scientists were censored. The Obama administration has pledged to restore science to the policy making process. And yet, as the authors of Knowledge and Environmental Policypoint out, the problems in connecting scientific discovery to science-based policy are systemic. The process-currently structured in a futile effort to separate policy from science-is dysfunctional in many respects. William Ascher, Toddi Steelman, and Robert Healy analyze the dysfunction and offer recommendations for incorporating formal science and other important types of knowledge (including local knowledge and public sentiment) into the environmental policymaking process. The authors divide the knowledge process into three functions-generation, transmission, and use-and explore the key obstacles to incorporating knowledge into the making of environmental policy. Using case studies and integrating a broad literature on science, politics, and policy, they examine the ignorance or distortion of policy-relevant knowledge, the overemphasis of particular concerns and the neglect of others, and the marginalization of certain voices. The book's analysis will be valuable to scientists who want to make their work more accessible and useful to environmental policy and to policymakers who want their decisions to be informed by science but have had difficulty finding scientific knowledge that is useful or timely.

Ronald D. Brunner is a policy scientist and professor at the University of Colorado; Toddi A. Steelman is associate professor of environmental and natural resource policy at North Carolina State University; Lindy Coe-Juell is a policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Los Angeles; Christina M. Cromley is a policy analyst with the GAO in Washington, D. C.; Christine M. Edwards is the alumni coordinator for the School for Field Studies in Salem, Massachusetts; Donna W. Tucker is a doctoral student in environmental studies at the University of Colorado.

Series Foreword
Preface
Knowledge in the Environmental Policy Process
The Generation of Policy-Relevant Environmental Knowledge
The Transmission and Use of Knowledge in the Environmental Policy Process
How Knowledge Shapes the Environmental Policy Process
The "Ecology" of Knowledge and the Environmental Policy Process
The Consequences of Knowledge Problems in the Environmental Policy Process
Insights and Recommendations
Notes
References
Index

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