Science, policy, and wicked problems

Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Cockfield, Geoff (2013) Science, policy, and wicked problems. In: Drought, risk management, and policy: decision-making under uncertainty. Drought and Water Crises. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, FL. United States, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1-4398-7629-9

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This book is a study of drought science and policy and the interface of that science and policy in two developed countries, Australia and the United States. These countries have been chosen because of some general similarities and some key differences in approaches to both the science and policy of drought. Both have well-developed scientific research on climate and droughts. Both have highly variable climatic conditions across large areas that include relatively dry regions, though these are more extensive in Australia. Both have high-technology, extensive and intensive agricultural production with a reliance on irrigation water, and the farm sectors are con­sidered to be both economically and socially important. In terms of policy development, both are federal, democratic systems, each with two dominant political blocs that, to varying degrees, accept the general notion of a mixed economy. Setting aside these factors allows the authors in this volume to focus on the possible reasons for differences in drought science and policy, which will yield insights and lessons in regard to the relationship between scientific advice and the policy process.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 01:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; United States; government policy; agricultural sector; drought responses
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440710 Research, science and technology policy
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300202 Agricultural land management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified

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