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Title: On concepts and methods in horizon scanning : lessons from initiating policy dialogues on emerging issues
Authors : Amanatidou, Effie
Butter, Maurits
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Könnölä, Totti
Leis, Miriam
Saritas, Ozcan
Schaper-Rinkel, Petra
van Rij, Victor
Published in : Science and Public Policy
Volume(Issue) : 39
Issue : 2
Pages : 208
Pages to: 221
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Emerging science and technology issue; Policy support; Horizon scanning; Early warning signals
Subject (DDC) : 320: Politics
Abstract: Future-oriented technology analysis methods can play a significant role in enabling early warning signal detection and pro-active policy action which will help to better prepare policy- and decision-makers in today’s complex and inter-dependent environments. This paper analyses the use of different horizon scanning approaches and methods as applied in the Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues project. A comparative analysis is provided as well as a brief evaluation the needs of policy-makers if they are to identify areas in which policy needs to be formulated. This paper suggests that the selection of the best scanning approaches and methods is subject to contextual and content issues. At the same time, there are certain issues which characterise horizon scanning processes, methods and results that should be kept in mind by both practitioners and policy-makers.
Further description : Erworben im Rahmen der Schweizer Nationallizenzen (
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1093/scipol/scs017
ISSN: 0302-3427
Published as part of the ZHAW project : IFA International Foresight Academy
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