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An inquiry into the relationships among science, policy and the public: the case of anthropogenic climate change; Betrachtung des Verhaeltnisses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Diskussion um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen

Abstract

This thesis present an analysis of qualitative interviews with experts in the field of climate research in which the relation among science, policy and public is discussed. To begin, an overview of the methods and results of climate science is presented. Following, elements of the discourse among science, policy and public are presented in a manner that demonstrates the different ways to look at the problem of anthropogenic climate change. Subsequently, approaches of the sociology of science are introduced in which science is examined as a social process. Here the question is raised up to what extent climate research has taken a problem oriented perspective in which social and political criteria in the treatment of actual risks of global change are taken into account. The results of the analysis indicate that uncertainties in science led to different perspectives regarding the risks of anthropogenic climate change. In this way scientific knowledge itself becomes problematic. Communication of scientific results to policy and public poses a process which is stamped by individual values and preferences. This suggests the possibility that recognition of theories is increasingly determined by extra scientific criteria like resonance in the media and possibility of connection for political measures. (orig.)  More>>
Authors:
Rau, S [1] 
  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Kuestenforschung
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2001
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
GKSS-2001/17
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Diplomarbeit; PBD: 2001
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CLIMATIC CHANGE; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; GLOBAL ASPECTS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; SOCIOLOGY; PUBLIC POLICY; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS
OSTI ID:
20238894
Research Organizations:
GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany); Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
German; English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0344-9629; TRN: DE02G3761
Availability:
Available to ETDE participating countries only(see www.etde.org); commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20238894
Submitting Site:
DE
Size:
163 pages
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Citation Formats

Rau, S. An inquiry into the relationships among science, policy and the public: the case of anthropogenic climate change; Betrachtung des Verhaeltnisses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Diskussion um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen. Germany: N. p., 2001. Web.
Rau, S. An inquiry into the relationships among science, policy and the public: the case of anthropogenic climate change; Betrachtung des Verhaeltnisses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Diskussion um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen. Germany.
Rau, S. 2001. "An inquiry into the relationships among science, policy and the public: the case of anthropogenic climate change; Betrachtung des Verhaeltnisses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Diskussion um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen." Germany.
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title = {An inquiry into the relationships among science, policy and the public: the case of anthropogenic climate change; Betrachtung des Verhaeltnisses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Diskussion um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen}
author = {Rau, S}
abstractNote = {This thesis present an analysis of qualitative interviews with experts in the field of climate research in which the relation among science, policy and public is discussed. To begin, an overview of the methods and results of climate science is presented. Following, elements of the discourse among science, policy and public are presented in a manner that demonstrates the different ways to look at the problem of anthropogenic climate change. Subsequently, approaches of the sociology of science are introduced in which science is examined as a social process. Here the question is raised up to what extent climate research has taken a problem oriented perspective in which social and political criteria in the treatment of actual risks of global change are taken into account. The results of the analysis indicate that uncertainties in science led to different perspectives regarding the risks of anthropogenic climate change. In this way scientific knowledge itself becomes problematic. Communication of scientific results to policy and public poses a process which is stamped by individual values and preferences. This suggests the possibility that recognition of theories is increasingly determined by extra scientific criteria like resonance in the media and possibility of connection for political measures. (orig.) [German] In dieser Arbeit wird eine Analyse qualitativer Interviews mit Klimaforschern vorgestellt, in denen das Verhaeltnis von Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit diskutiert wird. In einem ersten Schritt wird ein Ueberblick gegeben ueber Methoden und Ergebnisse der gegenwaertigen Klimaforschung. Anschliessend werden Elemente des Diskurses zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Oeffentlichkeit dargestellt, die unterschiedliche Selektionsmuster der Problematik um anthropogene Klimaaenderungen verdeutlichen. Hiervon ausgehend werden Ansaetze der Wissenschaftssoziologie vorgestellt, mit denen Wissenschaft als sozialer Prozess analysiert wird. Hierbei wird die Frage gestellt, inwieweit die Klimaforschung eine problemorientierte Perspektive eingenommen hat, in der soziale und politische Kriterien des Umgangs mit gegenwaertigen Umweltrisiken Beruecksichtigung finden. Die im Anschluss dargestellten Ergebnisse der Analyse deuten darauf hin, dass Unsicherheiten in der Wissenschaft zu einer Reihe unterschiedlicher Sichtweisen bezueglich der Risiken anthropogener Klimaaenderungen gefuehrt haben. Auf diese Weise wird wissenschaftliches Wissen selbst zu einem Problem. Die Kommunikation von Forschungsergebnissen fuer Politik und Oeffentlichkeit stellt einen Prozess dar, der durch individuelle Wertmassstaebe und Praeferenzen gepraegt ist. Hierdurch besteht die Moeglichkeit, dass die Durchsetzungskraft von Theorien zunehmend von ausserwissenschaftlichen Kriterien wie Resonanz in den Medien und Anschlussfaehigkeit fuer die Politik bestimmt wird. (orig.)}
place = {Germany}
year = {2001}
month = {Jul}
}