'The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies' (TES)
Volume 1, Number 1, May 2002

ISSN 1602-2297

Between Science and Policy -
The experience of the Danish Nature Council

Peder Agger, Professor,
Department of Environment, Technology and Social Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark
E-mail: pa@ruc.dk

Abstract: The new Danish Nature Council is the latest successor in a line of councils that have existed formally since 1917 and informally several years before. The roots and reconstruction of the Council are described and seen in the light of the increasing complexity and internationalisation of society, and the consequent change in needs for expert knowledge. The border between science and policy has become more blurred. This is a challenge for the growing number of scientifically based advisory councils. A few examples of where the Nature Council has been involved are described as well as the general way the Council operates: Being conscious and explicit about its role, and more open, transparent and argumentative as one, among others of the debaters within one (prevailing) discourse . The conclusion places the Council as a part of ecological modernisation.

Key Words: nature conservation, scientific advisory, objectivity, sustainability, ecological modernisation

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