Campus Units

English

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Between scientists & citizens: Proceedings of a conference at Iowa State University, June 1-2, 2012

First Page

151

Last Page

161

Conference Title

GPSSA Conference 1: Between Scientists & Citizens: Assessing Expertise In Policy Controversies

Conference Date

June 1–2, 2012

City

Ames, IA, United States

Abstract

Debates over scientists’ appropriate contributions to policy-making are prominent in a variety of natural resources fields. The issue is often presented as one of “responsible advocacy.” But this framing locks us into a paradox: Scientists who advocate aim to be effective in the policy arena, but by advocating lose their credibility. In this preliminary review of the issue, I argue that we can avoid the paradox by acknowledging a wider range of speech acts structuring scientists’ obligations in the policy process. Scientists can advocate–but they can also report, give their assessments, make recommendations, and especially, offer good advice.

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This proceeding is from Between scientists & citizens: Proceedings of a conference at Iowa State University, June 1-2, 2012 (pp. 151-161). Ames, IA: Great Plains Society for the Study of Argumentation. Posted with permission.

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