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Hur hänvisar politiska aktörer till experter? En argumentationsanalys av debatten om CCS

Persson, Rickard LU (2009) STVK01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Today’s environmental issues are often said to be characterised by high
complexity and uncertainty, which causes policymakers to be greatly dependent on scientific facts. Drawing on constructivist assumptions that the interplay between science and policy is complex, and therefore cannot be explained by the notion that more research leads to less uncertainty, I address how policymakers tend to refer to scientific experts in the ongoing debate in Sweden on carbon ioxide capture and storage technology (CCS). Analysing the debate using the methods of argumentation analysis, I find four major areas of divergence between proponents and opponents which are (1) the notion of coal resources, (2) whether or not CCS will handicap the development of... (More)
Today’s environmental issues are often said to be characterised by high
complexity and uncertainty, which causes policymakers to be greatly dependent on scientific facts. Drawing on constructivist assumptions that the interplay between science and policy is complex, and therefore cannot be explained by the notion that more research leads to less uncertainty, I address how policymakers tend to refer to scientific experts in the ongoing debate in Sweden on carbon ioxide capture and storage technology (CCS). Analysing the debate using the methods of argumentation analysis, I find four major areas of divergence between proponents and opponents which are (1) the notion of coal resources, (2) whether or not CCS will handicap the development of renewable energy, (3) the responsibility of energy companies and (4) the degree of optimism to new technology. I conclude that there tend to be an absence of explicit references to
experts in this debate. (Less)
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author
Persson, Rickard LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK01 20091
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Experts, Science-policy interplay, Uncertainty, Environmental policy, CCS
language
Swedish
id
1361670
date added to LUP
2009-04-17 09:03:57
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2009-04-17 09:03:57
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  abstract     = {Today’s environmental issues are often said to be characterised by high
complexity and uncertainty, which causes policymakers to be greatly dependent on scientific facts. Drawing on constructivist assumptions that the interplay between science and policy is complex, and therefore cannot be explained by the notion that more research leads to less uncertainty, I address how policymakers tend to refer to scientific experts in the ongoing debate in Sweden on carbon ioxide capture and storage technology (CCS). Analysing the debate using the methods of argumentation analysis, I find four major areas of divergence between proponents and opponents which are (1) the notion of coal resources, (2) whether or not CCS will handicap the development of renewable energy, (3) the responsibility of energy companies and (4) the degree of optimism to new technology. I conclude that there tend to be an absence of explicit references to
experts in this debate.},
  author       = {Persson, Rickard},
  keyword      = {Experts,Science-policy interplay,Uncertainty,Environmental policy,CCS},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hur hänvisar politiska aktörer till experter? En argumentationsanalys av debatten om CCS},
  year         = {2009},
}