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Information exchange networks at the climatescience-policy interface : Evidence from theCzech Republic, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal

Authors

WAGNER Paul M. YLÄ-ANTTILA Tuomas GRONOW Antti OCELÍK Petr SCHMIDT Luisa DELICADO Ana

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Governance
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gove.12484
Keywords policy analysis; policy process; climate change; climate policy; advocacy coalition framework; social network analysis; policy networks
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Description Scientifically informed climate policymaking starts with the exchange of credible, salient, and legitimate scientific information between scientists and policy makers. It is therefore important to understand what explains the exchange of scientific information in national climate policymaking processes. This article applies exponential random graph models to network data from the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal to investigate which types of organizations are favored sources of scientific information and whether actors obtain scientific information from those with similar beliefs as their own. Results show that scientific organizations are favored sources in all countries, while only in the Czech Republic do actors obtain scientific information from those with similar policy beliefs. These findings suggest that actors involved in climate policymaking mostly look to scientific organizations for information, but that in polarized contexts where there is a presence of influential denialists overcoming biased information exchange is a challenge.
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