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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 Legislation

Scientists and Legislation

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Science in Environmental Policy

Ann Campbell Keller

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This chapter examines political debates in legislative settings, explaining the specific features of legislative policymaking, and discusses institutionalizing science narratives for acid rain and climate change. The chapter also analyses several questions about the role of scientists in the legislative setting. It examines why scientists should accept invitations from legislators to participate in legislative debates and to testify before committees. It highlights meaningful differences in the agenda setting in legislative decision-making that restricts participants’ behavior. The chapter reviews the literature that analyses structures and practices that impact scientists’ participation in legislative hearings. An overview of the events in the political arena that play a role in legislative decision-making is also presented.

Keywords:   political debates, legislative policymaking, science narratives, acid rain, climate change, scientists, legislative hearings

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