The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Discourse, Policy Controversies and the Role of Science in the Politics of Shrimp Farming Development

30 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2005  

Christophe Bene

WorldFish Center - Africa and West Asia Office

Abstract

This article revisits through a policy analysis the ongoing debate on shrimp farming aquaculture. It describes the changes in policy orientations that have taken place in recent years, and tries to relate them to the advocacy strategies developed by different networks and policy communities. The analysis reveals in particular the crucial contribution of the 'power of expertise' and shows how it has been instrumentalised by certain advocacy networks to depoliticise the debate. While this has allowed a number of key stakeholders to refocus the debate on technical solutions, it has prevented other groups concerned with more intractable social and political issues from engaging successfully in the policy process, thus leaving the long-term sustainability of aquaculture still a contentious issue.

Suggested Citation

Bene, Christophe, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Discourse, Policy Controversies and the Role of Science in the Politics of Shrimp Farming Development. Development Policy Review, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 585-614, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=786094

Christophe Bene (Contact Author)

WorldFish Center - Africa and West Asia Office ( email )

PO Box 1261
Maadi. Cairo
Egypt

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