Environmental Risk Assessors as Honest Brokers or Stealth Advocates

Peter Calow

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    Risk assessment ought to provide a solid, evidence base to risk management in the development of environmental policy and decisions, where the risk assessors act without advocacy as honest brokers of science advice. But there are concerns that the values of the risk assessors might undermine the objectivity of the process. For similar reasons, there is suspicion that more interaction between risk assessors and risk managers might contaminate the science. On the contrary, here the argument is that making risk assessment more management- and value-relevant, through more effective dialogue, provides a better foundation for objective science advice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1972-1977
    Number of pages6
    JournalRisk Analysis
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

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    • Science and public policy
    • Value-bias
    • Value-relevance


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