IR323-8-9-lecture

IR323-8-9-lecture - Global Environmental Politics Science...

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- Conceptually 1 Global Environmental Politics Gov’t Science Public
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- Models of science-policy interaction Decisionist model Technocratic model Co-produc tion model 2 Choice of policy end/goals Experts & facts Sociopolitical context Regulatory decisions Science Regulatory decisions Policy Science Regulatory decisions
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Science Generally, attempt to understand natural world, w/ process usually being 1) Initial observations 2) Develop theories to explain observations 3) Validate theories by testing predictive capacities 4) Test predictive capacity by developing hypotheses (predictions/propositions derived from theories) 5) Test hypotheses using natural world to see if true, if so then theory is supported Points 1) Science focused on consensus—hard to have absolute certainty, b/c observation/theory/hypotheses/test based on human 2) Validity of research judged via peer review (review by people w comparable expertise) to help reduce bias/error, where peer review evaluates a) Contribution to human understanding b) Logic c) Reproducibility of results d) Ability to contain tests to isolate desired independent & dependent variables (correlation is not causation) e) Can different people using same facts agree on same conclusions? Same theory? Same methodology? Same data?
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