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Information exchange networks at the climate science‐policy interface: Evidence from the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal

Wagner, Paul M.; Yl�?Anttila, Tuomas; Gronow, Antti; Ocel�k, Petr; Schmidt, Luisa; Delicado, Ana

Authors

Tuomas Yl�?Anttila

Antti Gronow

Petr Ocel�k

Luisa Schmidt

Ana Delicado



Abstract

Scientifically informed climate policymaking starts with the exchange of credible, salient, and legitimate scientific information between scientists and policymakers. It is therefore important to understand what explains the exchange of scientific information in national climate policymaking processes. This article applies exponential random graph models to network data from the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal to investigate which types of organizations are favored sources of scientific information and whether actors obtain scientific information from those with similar beliefs as their own. Results show that scientific organizations are favored sources in all countries, while only in the Czech Republic do actors obtain scientific information from those with similar policy beliefs. These findings suggest that actors involved in climate policymaking mostly look to scientific organizations for information, but that in polarized contexts where there is a presence of influential denialists overcoming biased information exchange is a challenge.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 21, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 14, 2020
Publication Date 2021-01
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2022
Journal Governance
Print ISSN 0952-1895
Electronic ISSN 1468-0491
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 211-228
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12484
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2924111