International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 381–386

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

Authors

    • Environmental Change and Security ProgramWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10784-005-8329-8

Cite this article as:
Dabelko, G.D. Int Environ Agreements (2005) 5: 381. doi:10.1007/s10784-005-8329-8

Abstract

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.

Keywords

communication opinion op-ed policy policymakers media

Abbreviations

op-ed

opposite-editorial

NGO

Non-Governmental Organization

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