Epistemic Communities

Mai'a K. Davis Cross contributes to the volume Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance with a definition of the concept 'epistemic communities'. 

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Epistemic communities

Mai'a K. Davis Cross starts by defining epistemic communities as 'networks of experts who persuade others (usually elite decision-makers) of their shared norms and policy goals by virtue of their professional knowledge. Their reliance on shared expertise is what differentiates from other actors that seek to influence policy'. She elaborates by presenting the history of the concept, its increasing importance, as well as some criticism. Cross published the article 'Rethinking Epistemic Communities Twenty Years Later' in the Review of International Studies in 2012.

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Mai'a K. Davis Cross
'Epistemic Communities'

In: Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance
Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini (eds)

Routledge, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-415-82246-6

Published Sep. 19, 2014 12:18 PM - Last modified Sep. 29, 2014 9:53 AM