Academic Research In a Small Country: Called to Serve!

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The literature on the interaction between research communities and policymaking processes comes mostly from scholars in large countries with hundreds if not thousands of people working on international environmental issues. In small countries like Belgium and The Netherlands, however, policy networks of academics and decision makers are quite small. Not only are there opportunities for academic researchers to influence policy decisions - there are high expectations that they do so.

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Correspondence to Hans Bruyninckx.

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Bruyninckx, H. Academic Research In a Small Country: Called to Serve!. Int Environ Agreements 5, 387–393 (2005).

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  • Belgium
  • Holland
  • policy networks