Abstract

Scientific knowledge is performative, as it not only represents but also constitutes reality. In politically charged fields such as ecological economics and environmental policy, science-policy interactions are often integrated into the scientific process. It is therefore important to articulate the details of the context in which knowledge performs its power. The articulation should be sensitive to the self-reflexive character of knowledge: it makes a difference whether those who engage in science-policy interaction know when knowledge is performative. I develop an account of the process of science-policy interaction that recognizes the self-reflexive nature of human knowledge. I identify analogical relationships between science-policy interactions on one hand and the workings of distributed cognition in Shakespearean theatre on the other. I illustrate the account by explaining the outcomes of science-policy interaction in European research policy and Finnish energy policy. The typology of knowledge performativity enables transdisciplinary actors at the science-policy interface to pay attention to their epistemological and ethical responsibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106565
JournalEcological Economics
Volume169
Number of pages8
ISSN0921-8009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • DENMARK
  • DYNAMICS
  • Distributed cognition
  • EXAMPLES
  • FINLAND
  • GERMANY
  • Knowledge brokering
  • POLICY
  • Perfonnativity
  • SCIENCE
  • Science-policy interaction
  • Second order knowledge
  • Sustainability transitions
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 512 Business and Management
  • 5142 Social policy

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