chapter  15
When does power listen to truth? A constructivist approach to the policy process
ByPeter M. Haas
Pages 24

While speaking truth to power has long been a major theme in political science and policy studies (Wildavsky 1979), commentators are increasingly skeptical about whether modelers and scientists are capable of developing truth, and whether power ever listens to them anyhow. Indeed, at the international level international relations (IR) scholars tend to be surprised by the occasions when it does. This article applies the political science literature to the related question of when power listens to science, particularly with regard to the management of complex environmental issues associated with sustainable development.