Science Communication and the Tension Between Evidence-Based and Inclusive Features of Policy Making

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Abstract

Communicating science in the public policy domain requires navigating the tension between two features of good practice in modern policy making: developing evidence based approaches and inclusive deliberative processes. Results of policy-making processes that have sought to maximize these different perspectives in parallel have been and will continue to be disappointing. Ensuring the “quality” of evidence and of supporting the integration of the different kinds of inputs in the decision-making process requires nimble and astute tension brokers who undertake knowledge brokering, reconcile different ways of knowing, and recognize when reconciliation is not achievable and/or not desirable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Overseas Development InstituteLondonUK

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