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Ozone and climate governance: an implausible path dependence

Grundmann, Reiner


Professor of Science & Technology Studies


Many observers and commentators have used the case of ozone science and politics as a role model for climate science and politics. Two crucial assumptions underpin this view: (1) that science drives policymaking, and (2) that a unified, international science assessment is essential to provide “one voice” of science that speaks to policymakers. I will argue that these assumptions are theoretically problematic and empirically questionable. We should realize that both cases, ozone and climate, are profoundly different and only have superficial similarities. Ozone science developed late, but efforts to protect the ozone layer happened swiftly. The relation between carbon dioxide and climate change has been studied for many decades, but efforts to control global warming have failed so far. I will discuss the linear model of the scinece-policy relationship and use the typology of tame and wicked problems to explain this stark difference.


Grundmann, R. (2018). Ozone and climate governance: an implausible path dependence. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 350(7), 435-441.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2018
Publication Date 2018-11
Deposit Date Oct 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2019
Journal Comptes Rendus Geoscience
Print ISSN 1631-0713
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 350
Issue 7
Pages 435-441
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Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Ozone and climate governance: An implausible path dependence; Journal Title: Comptes Rendus Geoscience; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version:; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2018 Académie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.


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