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Monthly Archives: September 2012

The science–policy nexus

A recent commentary published in Science (Rebuilding public trust in science for policy making), while focused on the Japanese science-policy nexus in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, makes some very important points. To quote the authors, “A more robust … Continue reading

Science, values and policy

As I have repeatedly stated, policy formation is properly based on a variety of inputs. The distinctive role of science is to provide the base knowledge (and limits of knowledge) with which the other dimensions are integrated during policy formation. … Continue reading