After the vote: climate policy decision-making in the administrative state

Cory L. Struthers, Gwen Arnold, Tyler A. Scott, Forrest Fleischman

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While the science-policy interface has been a major focus of recent climate policy research, the role of agency practices and bureaucratic behavior has been largely overlooked. With a focus on U.S. federal agencies and similar bureaucratic contexts, we review the literature on how administrative decision-making influences the acquisition and application of climate evidence, including information provided by both scientists and stakeholders. We show that administrative procedures (requirements for gathering and analyzing information), agency characteristics (such as mission and institutional design), and bureaucrat attributes (an individual's expertise and values) shape agencies’ use of climate evidence. Given the key role of the administrative state in policymaking, our review calls for greater attention to public administration and its consequences for climate responsiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
StatePublished - Oct 1 2021

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Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (grant #1829255 ).

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