Environmental Policy and Science

William Ascher and Toddi A. Steelman

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Environmental Policy and Science


This article considers the intellectual traditions that have shaped how we view science, current controversies related to science and environmental policy, and some alternatives to deal with the complexities of science and environmental policy making. It suggests that science should be seen as one form of knowledge that can inform policy, and that understanding the role of science and these other types of knowledge within the distinct phases of the policy process can provide greater insight into how we might think about and use science more constructively.

Keywords: science; environmental policy; policy making; current controversiespolicy process

Article.  11190 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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