Structure and Agent in the Scientific Diplomacy of Climate by T. Skodvin

By T. Skodvin

Research enter constitutes a key part within the improvement of foreign environmental regime formation. Science-policy interplay is, in spite of the fact that, complicated and tough, relatively since it is an stumble upon among targeted structures of behaviour: the medical perfect of impartiality and disinterestedness and the political fact of curiosity realisation and strategic behaviour. This learn analyses the level to which and the way the institutionalframework during which the science-policy discussion happens - via awake layout - might be utilised as an software to address stumbling blocks and boundaries immanent of science-policy interplay and thereby function an device to reinforce the effectiveness of the discussion. additionally, the influence of actor behaviour, fairly behaviour taking the shape of leadership performance, is investigated. This e-book offers a close and in-depth empirical examine of science-policy interplay within the Intergovernmental Panel on weather switch (IPCC) from its institution in 1988, to the availability of the second one IPCC evaluation record in 1995. the focus of the empirical research is on operating staff I of the IPCC.

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While level one is a (logical) precondition for levels two and three, level two may not necessarily precede level three. Policymakers may therefore act upon scientific knowledge in the absence of a consensual problem diagnosis as long as they have accepted the factual validity of scientific findings in accordance with level one. 1 Introduction Science and politics constitute two distinct systems of behaviour, each with its own purpose, constitutive norms and internal logic. Science is (ideally) conceived of as a truth-seeking endeavour whose norms and guidelines for behaviour are directed towards the generation of impartial and disinterested knowledge.

One important implication of this line of reasoning is that, in order to qualify as knowledge, a proposition must be consensual or inter-subjective in the sense that any competent scientist, applying the scientific method correctly, would reach the same conclusion. , not genuinely seeking the truth), or the scientific method is applied erroneously (see, for instance, Collingridge and Reeve, 1986). Accordingly, ("true") knowledge can - with some reservations - be distinguished from mere knowledge claims by the operational criterion of consensus within the scientific community.

Thus, as argued by Litfin, "the authors' discussion is really about the extent to which interdisciplinary linkage is present. In fact, all four world-order models, even the most disorderly of them, presume that expert consensus exists at least on single issues" (Litfin, 1994: 44). Hence, Ernst Haas's conception of "consensual knowledge" seems to imply something more than mere scientific consensus, namely an explicit linkage to, and also linkage of, policy goals. This distinction is, however, not made explicit.

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