This is an interdisciplinary dissertation in that it does not draw on only one research tradition. It relates partly to the study of international relations and partly to science studies. Although methodologically and theoretically based in the social sciences, it is my hope to communicate with natural scientists interested in science-policy interactions or climate issues, as the empirical focus is on issues where the natural sciences have historically had center stage.
This dissertation may also interest readers outside the academic community. For example, it may interest policy makers who work with science-intensive questions or science planning. It could also provide new angles for journalists and others with a professional need to better understand arenas that are both highly political and rely heavily on scientific knowledge.
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