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Science in Environmental Policy: The Politics of Objective Advice

Ann Campbell Keller


Scientists often bring issues to the policy agenda, translating scientific questions into everyday language and political terms. When Roger Revelle characterized the Earth as “a spaceship” in testimony to Congress in 1957, he framed the issue of the Earth’s climate vulnerability much more effectively than a technical discourse could. This book examines the influence of scientists on environmental policymaking and makes the argument that scientists’ neutrality often varies during the policymaking process. The author divides the policy process into three stages: agenda setting, legislation, and ... More

Keywords: legislation, implementation, acid rain, advocacy, political science, science studies, empirical evidence, scientific reports, news coverage, congressional hearings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013123
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Campbell Keller, author