Can policy actors learn from academic scientists?. Montpetit, É. and Lachapelle, E. Environmental Politics, 0(0):1--20, April, 2015.
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Results from an embedded survey experiment administered to practitioners who advise landowners on decontamination practices are analyzed. These professionals play a key role in the area of soil decontamination, an issue that science has made particularly tractable and which calls for new technologies and policy approaches. Powerful interests, however, work against the rapid deployment of these new technologies and approaches. Our survey experiment, designed to overcome major difficulties in the study of policy learning, shows that exposure to new scientific knowledge can positively influence the attitude of practitioners to new technologies, independently of other confounding forces. This finding suggests that learning from science provides a potential pathway toward increased use of environmentally beneficial soil decontamination methods. The results contribute to research on the politics of environmental protection, as well the literature on policy learning.
@article{montpetit_can_2015,
	title = {Can policy actors learn from academic scientists?},
	volume = {0},
	issn = {0964-4016},
	url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2015.1027058},
	doi = {10.1080/09644016.2015.1027058},
	abstract = {Results from an embedded survey experiment administered to practitioners who advise landowners on decontamination practices are analyzed. These professionals play a key role in the area of soil decontamination, an issue that science has made particularly tractable and which calls for new technologies and policy approaches. Powerful interests, however, work against the rapid deployment of these new technologies and approaches. Our survey experiment, designed to overcome major difficulties in the study of policy learning, shows that exposure to new scientific knowledge can positively influence the attitude of practitioners to new technologies, independently of other confounding forces. This finding suggests that learning from science provides a potential pathway toward increased use of environmentally beneficial soil decontamination methods. The results contribute to research on the politics of environmental protection, as well the literature on policy learning.},
	number = {0},
	urldate = {2015-04-18},
	journal = {Environmental Politics},
	author = {Montpetit, Éric and Lachapelle, Erick},
	month = apr,
	year = {2015},
	pages = {1--20},
	file = {Snapshot:files/51204/09644016.2015.html:text/html}
}
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