• Martin Kowarsch
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 323)


This chapter provides an overview of the book, with its essential relevance and approach (Sect. 1.1). The novelty and timeliness of this study are also highlighted (Sect. 1.2). Scientific assessments are valuable as tools to inform the public on complex policy issues such as climate change where so much is at stake for so many people. However, guidance is still lacking at the science-policy interface where there are perils lurking. These include the treatment of disputed normative implications in much of the social-science evaluation of policy options. Currently, taking account of this and other challenges, a central open question for many large-scale scientific assessments is whether and how to strengthen and extend social-science policy evaluation to appropriately inform public policy. This book develops a novel philosophical framework for the appropriate role of social-science expertise, particularly economics, in climate policy. The focus is on the integrated economic assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The work mainly adds to the existing body of literature by refining John Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy of scientific expertise in public policy, and systematically applying this philosophy to integrated economic assessments.


Climate Policy Climate Change Mitigation Scientific Expertise Scientific Assessment Public Policy Process 
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  • Martin Kowarsch
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  1. 1.Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)BerlinGermany

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