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Epistemic Communities

Epistemic Communities - Disagreement as to what to...

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Epistemic Communities
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Epistemic Communities
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What is an epistemic community? “A network of professionals with  recognized expertise and  competence in a particular domain  and an authoritative claim to policy  relevant knowledge within that  domain or issue area”(Haas 1992).
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Formal requirements A shared set of normative and  principled beliefs  Shared causal beliefs Shared notions of validity A common policy enterprise
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Example:  Mediterranean action plan (for  Pollution Control)
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Before Widespread pollution problems  stemming from large coastal  populations and lack of regulation on  runoff from industry, waste from cities,  and agriculture
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Unformatted text preview: Disagreement as to what to control (North v South) • Huge tourist population After • After 1976- much stronger, expanded regulations • 1976- 33% of beaches declared unsafe for swimming, drops to 20% 10 years later • ~1990- pollution has stabilized and dropped back to early 1970s levels How Relevant are epistemic communities? • Type of issue area matters • Issue-relevant information complexity • Community cohesion • Links to policy-makers Influence in Environmental Policy? • Dependent on which area of environmental policy • How much agreement is there among scientists? • Political problems?...
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