Chapter 10 Science and North Sea Policy-Making: Organization and Communication

Chapter 10 Science and North Sea Policy-Making: Organization and Communication 111 Chapter 10 Science and North Sea Policy-Making: Organization and Communication* Jorgen Wettestad and Steinar Andresen Science and North Sea policy-making: institutional aspects At an international symposium during the autumn of 1988 in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, the relationship between science and politics in international resource management was discussed Not surprisingly, one of the main conclusions was that the actual influence of science in the decision- making process tended to be quite marginal, especially when strong national and economic interests were involved. However, also in cases where science might have had a role to play, the scientific message was often ignored. One example which was offered was the process in connection with the writing of the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development.2 One main reason for the lack of scientific input was the malfunctioning of the communication process between policy-makers and the scientific community. Thus, this is part of the reason why we in our chapter find it interesting to focus the communication process between politics and natural science in the North Sea environmental regime. More specifically, being political scientists, we take a special interest in the institutional and International Journal of Estuarine and Coastal Law (in 1993 continued as The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law) Brill

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