International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 381-386

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Speaking Their Language: How to Communicate Better with Policymakers and Opinion Shapers – and Why Academics Should Bother in the First Place

  • Geoffrey D. DabelkoAffiliated withEnvironmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Email author 

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Scholars of international environmental politics who want their work to affect policy must learn to speak and write in a slightly different language – with extreme concision, an appealing format, and ready solutions to pressing policy questions. While communicating directly with policymakers and journalists can be time-consuming and exasperating, the direct approach may be the only way to rise above the din of the increasingly noisy marketplace of ideas.


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