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Science and Policy in Air Pollution Abatement Strategies

Författare och institution:
Göran Sundqvist (Sociologiska institutionen. Avdelningen för teknik- och vetenskapsstudier); Martin Letell (Sociologiska institutionen. Avdelningen för teknik- och vetenskapsstudier); Rolf Lidskog (-)
Publicerad i:
Environmental Science and Policy, 2 ( 5 ) s. 147-156
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In modern society, science is considered to have a pivotal role in defining environmental risks and problems as well as proposing relevant solutions to them. However even political action is needed, which is not the least apparent when it comes to transboundary environmental problems. Today there is an urgent need to create ways for science and policy to co-operate to find acceptable international solutions to transboundary environmental problems. This article focuses on the relationship between science and policy within the convention on long-range transboundary air pollution (CLRTAP). The LRTAP Convention is seen as one of the most science-based regimes that exist, and is considered by researchers as well as politicians an exemplary form of co-operation between science and policy. Within this convention the concept of critical loads (CL) of ecosystem and the interactive computer model of the regional acidification information system (RAINS) have served as important tools for connecting scientific knowledge to policy-making. Through an empirical investigation, the article shows that CL and RAINS have different meanings for the involved actors, which include heterogeneous views on the boundary between science and policy. However, this has not constrained but rather enabled co-operation. Through a flexible understanding of CL and RAINS, actors from different fields have been able to find and agree upon successful solutions.
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Science and policy, boundary work, air pollution, CLRTAP, critical loads, RAINS
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2007-09-04 14:00
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2011-01-20 10:01

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