Science, Politics and Environmental Policy

Examines the role of science in the U.S. environmental policymaking process. Part I examines the methods by which scientists learn about the natural world; the treatment of science by experts, advocates, the media, and the public; and the way science is used in legislative, administrative and judicial decision making. Part II takes up novel approaches to integrating science into politics, such as ecosystem-based management, stakeholder collaboration, local knowledge, adaptive management, and the precautionary principle. Case studies help students compare theory and practice.