Resolving disputes over science in natural resource agency decisionmaking

Technical Memorandum 86-68211-10-01
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Natural resource agencies make decisions involving public resources in which the public, by definition, have a stake. These resources are often finite. Thus, different viewpoints, interests, or beliefs may conflict when parties are perceived to be interdependent or one party is perceived to block or oppose other parties' use of a scarce resource. These confl icts may occur regard less of whether there are any real differences between the parties or whether one party's actions actually affect the other (Thomas 1992; Robbins 1994; Appelbaum et al. 1999). Conflicts are defined here as "a process of social interaction involving a struggle over claims to resources, power and status, beliefs, and other preferences and desires" (Appelbaum et al. 1999, 63). Such conflicts can occur at multiple stages or levels of decisionmaking and can be embedded within other conflicts.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Resolving disputes over science in natural resource agency decisionmaking
Series title Technical Memorandum
Series number 86-68211-10-01
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Publisher location Denver, CO
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description vi, 58 p.
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