Knowledge on Stage: Scientific Policy Advice
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Science, Technology, & Human Values 35 (6): 812-838 (2010)

The paper provides a deeper insight into institutionally given opportunitiesfor and limitations to reflexive, dialogue-centered, and risk-sensitive knowl-edge exchange between scientific experts and agro-political decision mak-ers, especially under the conditions of a significant degree of complexity,far-reaching uncertainties and potential impacts. It focuses on the practicalorientations, guiding expectations and selection criteria shaping expertise inprocesses of science policy consulting. In doing so, two perspectives will bediscussed: first the orientation of the knowledge production process by dif-ferent concepts of ‘‘usable knowledge.’’ Second, the influence of specificconstellations on different stages of the political process, which shape theinstitutional conditions for the transfer and the use of scientific knowledgewithin the policy consulting process. Both perspectives help to come to acloser understanding of the demanding and very heterogeneous processof science policy consulting, which - if successful - leads to the interactiveproduction of a very special form of ‘‘orientational knowledge.’’
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