Scientific uncertainty and the International Whaling Commission:an alternative perspective on the use of science in policy making

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Title Scientific uncertainty and the International Whaling Commission:an alternative perspective on the use of science in policy making
Author Heazle, Michael Andrew
Journal Name Marine Policy
Editor E D Brown
Year Published 2004
Place of publication UK
Publisher Elsevier/Pergamon
Abstract Prior to the decline of the whaling industry in the 1960s, scientific uncertainty issues often were raised in the International Whaling Commission to argue against lower Antarctic quotas. But by the1970s, many of the same uncertainty issues were being reinterpreted by former whaling nations (and others) as good reasons for adopting a moratorium on all commercial whaling. This article argues that because science is unable to provide certainty, due to fundamental problems in its epistemology, the treatment of scientific advice by policy makers in the commission and elsewhere should be understood in relation to the utility it is believed to provide rather than simple claims of science's ability to provide truth or accuracy about the "real" world.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0308597X
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2003.10.001
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Elsevier : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online - use hypertext links.
Volume 28
Issue Number 5
Edition 2004
Page from 361
Page to 374
ISSN 0308-597X
Date Accessioned 2005-04-29
Date Available 2009-04-17T05:28:40Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5320
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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