Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction

Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction

by Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
     
 

ISBN-10: 026251642X

ISBN-13: 9780262516426

Pub. Date: 10/31/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

Governing the Air looks at the regulation of air pollution not as a static procedure of enactment and agreement but as a dynamic process that reflects the shifting interrelationships of science, policy, and citizens. Taking transboundary air pollution in Europe as its empirical focus, the book not only assesses the particular regulation strategies that have

Overview

Governing the Air looks at the regulation of air pollution not as a static procedure of enactment and agreement but as a dynamic process that reflects the shifting interrelationships of science, policy, and citizens. Taking transboundary air pollution in Europe as its empirical focus, the book not only assesses the particular regulation strategies that have evolved to govern European air, but also offers theoretical insights into dynamics of social order, political negotiation, and scientific practices. These dynamics are of pivotal concern today, in light of emerging international governance problems related to climate change. The contributors, all prominent social scientists specializing in international environmental governance, review earlier findings,analyze the current situation, and discuss future directions for both empirical and theoretical work.

The chapters discuss the institutional dimensions of international efforts to combat air pollution, examining the effectiveness of CLRTAP (Convention for Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution) and the political complexity of the European Union; offer a broad overview and detailed case studies of the roles of science, expertise, and learning; and examine the "missing link" in air pollution policies: citizen involvement.

Changing political conditions, evolving scientific knowledge, and the need for citizen engagement offer significant challenges for air pollution policy making. By focusing on process rather than product, learning rather than knowledge, and strategies rather than interests, this book gives a nuanced view of how air pollution is made governable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262516426
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Series:
Politics, Science, and the Environment
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface ix

Contributors xi

1 Transboundary Air Pollution Policy in Transition Rolf Lidskog Goran Sundqvist 1

1 Policy and Institutions

2 The Improving Effectiveness of CLRTAP: Due to a Clever Design? Jergen Wettestad 39

3 Institutional Linkages and European Air Pollution Politics Henrik Selin Stacy D. VanDeveer 61

4 Transboundary Science for Transnational Air Pollution Policies in Europe Bernd Siebenbuner 93

II Expertise and Learning

5 Organized Science, Usable Knowledge, and Multilateral Environmental Governance Peter M. Haas Casey Stevens 125

6 Scientists Learn Not Only Science but Also Diplomacy: Learning Processes in the European Transboundary Air Pollution Regime Atsushi Ishii 163

7 Fewer Boundaries and Less Certainty: The Role of Experts in European Air Policy Goran Sundqvist 195

8 Co-producing Policy-Relevant Science and Science-Based Policy: The Case of Regulating Ground-Level Ozone Rolf Lidskog Hakan Pleijel 223

III Citizens and Involvement

9 Citizen Engagement with the Politics of Air Quality: Lessons for Social Theory, Science Studies, and Environmental Sociology Steven Yearley 253

10 Framing Air Pollution and Health Problems: How to Include Stakeholder Perspectives? Arthur Petersen Leendert van Bree Willemijn Tuinstra 273

11 Governance of Air Quality and Stakeholder Engagement: Lessons and Experience from International Cases John Forrester Kevin Hicks Johan Kuylenstierna Julie Simon Carolyn Snell Michael J. Chadwick Dieter Schwela Lisa Emberson 293

IV Environmental Governance and Research

12 Science-Policy-Citizen Dynamics in International Environmental Governance Rolf Lidskog Goran Sundqvist 323

Index 361

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