COST Action CA17132 - APPLY
European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

COST Action      Horizon 2020

Members Publications

“Environmental Argumentation”, special issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context 8:1 (2019), edited by the APPLY Action members Marcin Lewiński and Mehmet Ali Üzelgün has been published.

The authors in this special issue investigate the challenging context of environmental argumentation. This context is first characterised by four key features:

1) epistemic complexity and uncertainty;

2) value-based argumentation;

3) high stakes and many levels;

4) plurality of positions, players, and places.

These features are then studied in more detail in individual contributions. The papers in the issue point to the multifarious, or: polylogical, character of environmental argumentation, where the scope of analysis needs to extend well beyond two parties orderly discussing pros and cons of a single proposal.

They focus on the value-based practical (policy) rather than value-free theoretical (epistemic) arguments as main vehicles of environmental discourse. They also reveal the constraints for argumentation in extant institutional settings where many decisions are taken (global negotiations, national parliaments, local councils), and point to the possibly fallacious aspects of such current argumentation. Finally, they reveal the role of media, old (TV, written manifestoes) and new (Internet), for the circulation of arguments over environment.

This Special Issue – in fact, prepared in parallel with the APPLY proposal – includes contributions from a number of scholars directly involved in the APPLY Action:

Marcin Lewiński – Main Proposer and Chair of the Action, Portugal

Mehmet Ali Üzelgün – Original Proposer and Management Committee Substitute for Portugal

Dima Mohammed – Original Proposer and Management Committee Member for Portugal

Jan Albert van Laar – Original Proposer, Management Committee Substitute for the Netherlands, and co-leader of the Working Group 2

Mark Aakhus – Original Proposer and the Action’s Scientific Adviser, United States

Elena Musi – Member of the Working Group 3, United Kingdom

Isabela Fairclough – Original Proposer and Management Committee Member for the United Kingdom

"An Argumentative Approach to 'Framing': Framing, Deliberation and Action in an Environmental Conflict", by Irina Diana Mădroane and Isabela Fairclough

"An Argumentative Approach to 'Framing': Framing, Deliberation and Action in an Environmental Conflict", by Irina Diana Mădroane and Isabela Fairclough has been published in a special issue of the journal Co-herencia, Vol. 17 (32): Argumentation, deliberation and collective action.  Read More

"Public Deliberation and Epistemic Parity in Direct Democracies", by Léa Farine

“Public Deliberation and Epistemic Parity in Direct Democracies”, by Léa Farine, has been published in the Proceedings of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA) Abstract:  “In a context of public-policy making, I propose to consider a fundamental norm of epistemic parity ... Read More

COST Action          Horizon 2020


COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

Action Contacts

Andreia Zorrinho - Grant Manager [CA 17132]
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1069-061 Lisboa - Portugal
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