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Sierra Nevada Science Symposium: Policy and Institutions Synthesis 1

By Mark Nechodom, Larry Ruth and Jim Quinn


The policy and institutional dimensions addressed in this symposium were diverse and somewhat diffuse. Each panel was developed to include a political, policy, and institutional perspective. Some of these perspectives were shared from a policy-maker’s point of view, others from the view of scientific and technical managers with responsibility for integrating science into planning and management. Others represented a science practitioner’s view on how and under what conditions the policy world might absorb, integrate, and respond to new information. In this short synthesis, we draw from several of the themes expressed in the symposium concerning the nether margins between science and policy, in which science shies away from oversimplifications and policy fears the arcane and complex. We do not claim to represent accurately or to summarize the individual presentations given by Baggett, Murphy, Nechodom, Ruth, Stewart, or any of the various keynote speakers. In fact, what we do say below may even run counter to the intentions of the other policy and institutions speakers. For that, we apologize and hope we have correctly captured the dominant themes. Our purpose is to summarize the perspectives and responses that managers and policy-maker

Year: 2011
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