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By Martin Kowarsch

While financial and different social technology services is quintessential for winning public policy-making relating to international weather switch, social scientists face trade-offs among the clinical credibility, policy-relevance, and legitimacy in their coverage recommendation. From a philosophical viewpoint, this e-book systematically addresses those trade-offs and different the most important demanding situations dealing with the built-in monetary exams of the Intergovernmental Panel on weather swap (IPCC). in line with John Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy and an research of the value-laden nature and reliability of weather switch economics, the ebook develops a sophisticated science-policy version and particular instructions for those checks of weather coverage strategies. The center suggestion is to scientifically discover a number of the sensible implications of other weather coverage pathways in an interdisciplinary demeanour, including varied stakeholders. this is able to facilitate an iterative, deliberative public studying procedure bearing on disputed coverage concerns. This quantity makes novel contributions to 3 strands of the literature: (1) the philosophy of (social) technological know-how in coverage; (2) the philosophy of economics; and (3) debates concerning the layout of medical tests, together with the continual IPCC reform debate. This paintings is therefore fascinating for philosophers and different students reflecting at the science-policy interface, but in addition for evaluation practitioners, weather policy-makers, and economists. The science-policy method built during this quantity has already inspired the new socio-economic IPCC assessment.

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This should become clear throughout this book. His argument that democracy works quite well without the Deweyan ambition seems to be based merely on the observation that we still have (some kind of) democracy in most Western and some other countries. This is certainly insufficient to argue against Dewey. 9 Moreover, although Dewey perhaps underestimated institutional issues, this does not constitute a fundamental objection against his concept of a deliberative democracy. These criticisms could, rather, help develop Dewey’s quite abstract theory and put it into practice.

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This book contributes key elements of a novel guideline for the IPCC’s integrated economic assessments (Part IV), taking these research gaps into account. Additionally, it provides a rationale for the serious inclusion of social sciences in scientific assessments; integrated economic expertise is urgently needed for successful climate policy-making. Why this topic is timely As said, recently, the focus of academic and political discussions and quarrels regarding climate change seems to have slightly shifted from the physical aspects of global warming to policy solutions, and their potential implications particularly in economic terms.

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