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Science in Environmental PolicyThe Politics of Objective Advice$
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Ann Campbell Keller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013123

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013123.001.0001

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Scientists and Agenda Setting

Scientists and Agenda Setting

(p.45) 2 Scientists and Agenda Setting
Science in Environmental Policy

Ann Campbell Keller

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the role of scientists in the early stages of the policy process of agenda setting by analyzing science narratives offered for acid rain and climate change. Current theoretical approaches to the study of agenda-setting activities are presented with an introduction to tools that are used by scholars studying agenda setting. An analysis of the consequences of science narratives for acid rain and climate change explains that science narratives for these issues were accepted by Congress and the news media. The impact of scientists’ policy views on policy developments around acid rain and climate change are discussed. Science narratives were accepted as an appropriate framing issue for acid rain and climate change, following the creation of federal research programs in the United States.

Keywords:   scientists, science narratives, acid rain, climate change, agenda setting, news media, research programs

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