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Author Ibarra, C.; O'Ryan, R.; Silva, B.
Title Applying knowledge governance to understand the role of science in environmental regulation: The case of arsenic in Chile Type
Year 2018 Publication Environmental Science & Policy Abbreviated Journal Environ. Sci. Policy
Volume 86 Issue Pages 115-124
Keywords Science-policy interface; Knowledge governance; Civic epistemology; Knowledge systems; Emergent policy fields; Arsenic regulation; Chile
Abstract The relationship between scientific knowledge and decision-making surrounding environmental issues is complex and represents a flourishing area of scholarship and practice. However, a sense of frustration persists regarding efforts to increase the use of science for decision-making. Regulations of copper smelter arsenic emissions developed in Chile during the 1990s represent a successful example of science informing policy making. The case involved production and use of local science in contrast to the common practice of copying international ambient standards. In this paper, we investigate arsenic regulation in Chile in the 1990s and focus on the role of the major science intervention during the process, project FONDEF 2-24. The case is examined through the lens of knowledge governance (van Kerkhoff and Pilbeam, 2017). This theoretically-oriented approach guides our critical reflection on the relationship between knowledge and policy making, taking into consideration the formal and informal rules that shape the intervention and the underlying social and cultural patterns. The success of the science intervention's influence on policy is better understood with such a perspective. We expand the knowledge governance approach by scrutinizing the relations of coherence between levels of analysis to assess their alignment. The approach could be helpful for studying other cases, particularly at times when a new field of policy is emerging.
Address [Ibarra, Cecilia; O'Ryan, Raul] Univ Chile, Ctr Climate & Resilience Res, CR2, Blanco 2002, Santiago, Chile, Email: cibarra@dgf.uchile.cl
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Publisher Elsevier Sci Ltd Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
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ISSN 1462-9011 ISBN Medium
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000435052500011 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 1037
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