The Politics of Researching Carbon Trading in Australia

Spash, Clive L. (2014) The Politics of Researching Carbon Trading in Australia. SRE - Discussion Papers, 2014/03. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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This paper explores the conflicts of interest present in science policy and how claims being made for evidence based science can be used to suppress critical social science research. The specific case presented concerns the attempts to ban and censor my work criticising the economics of carbon emissions trading while I was working for the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. The role of management and the Science Minister are documented through their own public statements. The case raises general issues about the role of epistemic communities in the production of knowledge, the potential for manipulation of information under the guise of quality control and the problems created by claiming a fact-value dichotomy in the science-policy interface. The implications go well beyond just climate change research and challenge how public policy is being formulated in modern industrial societies where scientific knowledge and corporate interests are closely intertwined. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Additional Information: This discussion paper will appear in a forthcoming book "The Politics of Carbon Markets" edited by Benjamin Stephan and Richard Lane; Routledge.
Keywords: Science policy / censorship / CSIRO / research / peer review / climate change / economics / greenhouse gas control / carbon emission trading / Australia / mining corporations / naïve objectivism / evidence based science
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41


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