A critical analysis of the post-Rio consensus on environment and development which questions the role of particular forms of internationalized elite scientific expertise. It asks why certain understandings of environmental change stick with such tenacity. In exploring this, the authors unravel the politics of knowledge surrounding policymaking, looking particularly at Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe and their land and soils management. The book also looks at prospects for more inclusive, participatory forms of policymaking.
Table of Contents
Preface * Knowledge, Power and Politics: Environmental Policy Processes in Africa * Understanding Environmental Policy Processes: a Conceptual Map * Global Science, Global Policy: International Policy Processes in Africa * Knowledge, Power and Politics: the Environmental Policy-making Processes in Ethiopia * Environmental Policy-making in Mali: Science, Bureaucracy and Soil Fertility Narratives * Environmental Policy-making in Zimbabwe: Challenging the Technocracy? * Spaces for Engagement: Science, Experts and Citizens * Notes * References * Index
James Keeley is a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. Ian Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at IDS, editor of Dynamics and Diversity (2001) and co-editor of Sustaining the Soil (1996).
'It makes a good case study of the environmental policy-making process on the international stage and at the national level' Duncan Knowler, Policy Sci 2007