Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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Published as chapter 6 in New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement, vol. 38, The Nature of Communication, in the series Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, J. L. Drake et al., editors; doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-01821-8_6.


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Effective science communication within the policy domain is becoming more challenging due to the increasing complexity of, and higher aspirations for, public policy making. Not only are policy issues becoming more multifaceted and interlinked, but certain features of modern policy-making salient to diffusing knowledge are in tension with each other. The causes and consequences of these tensions are rarely articulated, let alone considered with the intent of ameliorating the resulting impasses. Consequently, we explore the mounting tension between the demand for evidence-based policy on one hand, and for meaningful public input on the other.