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ERIC Number: EJ1132397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
The Policy Agora: How Power Inequalities Affect the Interaction between Researchers and Policy Makers
Brown, Chris
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v10 n3 p421-438 Aug 2014
This paper examines notions of power in relation to evidence-informed policy making and explores four key areas. First, I outline contemporary conceptualisations of how power operates in society; second, I spotlight the implications of power inequalities for how evidence is used by policy makers (and present the policy "agora"; a discursively controlled paradigm of ideology and epistemology which serves to distinguish between the types of evidence that policy makers will and won't engage with); third, I then define what I consider as evidence "misuse"; before finishing with an analysis of why evidence misuse materialises and how its enactment might be minimised.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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