ALTHOUGH many environmental policy studies are published, arguably few actually lead to changes in environmental policy. In most policy debates, each side can
produce a study containing "scientific evidence" to bolster its position. This leads to a great confusion. When dueling experts cite competing studies, public confidence in the value of such research is undermined. Many policy makers, unsure of how to interpret the disagreement among the experts, also often back away from taking any action.
In order to formulate meaningful and effective environmental policy, scientific disagreement must be taken into account, not ignored. In addition, other ingredients must be factored in as well. This book attempts to show how and why environmental policy studies can and should be organised to ensure the best possible results.
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