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Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise: The UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 1970–2011

Susan Owens


This is a book about relations between knowledge and policy, focusing on the role of expert advice. From a diverse and extensive literature, it distils four models of knowledge–policy interactions, and shows how advisors are variously represented as rational analysts, political symbols, agents of learning, or skilful users of ‘boundary work’. It takes as its empirical subject one of Britain’s longest-standing advisory bodies—the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution—created in 1970 and abolished in 2011. The policy landscape was profoundly transformed during the Commission’s lifetime, pr ... More

Keywords: knowledge, environmental policy, advisory bodies, expert advice, science, politics, policy-making, UK, Europe, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294658
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Owens, author
Professor of Environment and Policy, and Professorial Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge