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Science and Public Policy

The Virtuous Corruption of Virtual Environmental Science

Science and Public Policy by A. Kellow
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This book argues that the virtual nature of much environmental science and the application of non-science principles such as the precautionary principle facilitate the virtuous corruption of environmental science. Drawing upon examples from conservation biology and diversity Aynsley Kellow illustrates that the problem is more widespread than this area alone would suggest and is common in the important field of climate science. He argues the importance of reliable science as the basis for environmental policy and management also proposing that a purely scientific basis for public policy is a chimera - there is rarely a linear relationship between science and public policy, with scientific understanding leading to only one policy option.
Edward Elgar Publishing; October 2007
228 pages; ISBN 9781847208767
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Title: Science and Public Policy
Author: A. Kellow