How do think tanks qualify their expertise? Exploring the field of scientific policy advice in France

Faculty/Professorship: Sociological Theory  
Author(s): Laux, Thomas
Title of the Journal: Journal of science communication : JCOM
ISSN: 1824-2049
Publisher Information: Italy : SISSA
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 18
Issue: 3, Special Issue: Communication at the Intersection of Science and Politics, 2019
Pages: 20
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.22323/2.18030207
This study explores the field of scientific policy advice in environmental and energy policies in France to gain insights into the role of think tanks. The field evolved along with the growth of think tanks. The think tanks refer to several orders of worth and combine them in their communication in order to qualify their expertise. The results of the study reveal that the think tanks have become more independent actors and that the field of scientific policy advice has gained autonomy. Both aspects indicate that the relationship between politics and expertise has gradually changed in France.
Keywords: Environmental communication, Science and policy-making, Science communication: theory and models
Type: Article
Year of publication: 24. June 2019