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Concerned scientists, pragmatic politics and Australia's green drought

Bell, SJ; (2006) Concerned scientists, pragmatic politics and Australia's green drought. Science and Public Policy , 33 (8) pp. 561-570. 10.3152/147154306781778687. Green open access

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Abstract

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists formed in Australia in 2002 in response to calls to ‘drought-proof’ the continent. Their model of engagement between science and public policy involves: clear simple science communication, which keeps scientific uncertainty and debate out of public view; pragmatic politics, which works within rather than challenges the dominant political agenda; and a focus on providing solutions rather than describing problems. This model has been successful in achieving policy reform at the expense of more participatory and critical approaches to ecological science and politics.

Type: Article
Title: Concerned scientists, pragmatic politics and Australia's green drought
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3152/147154306781778687
Publisher version: http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/8/561.abs...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Beech Tree Publishing 2006. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Science and Public Policy following peer review. The version of record [Bell, SJ; (2006) Concerned scientists, pragmatic politics and Australia's green drought. Science and Public Policy , 33 (8) pp. 561-570. 10.3152/147154306781778687.] is available online at: http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/8/561.abstract
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10863
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