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ERIC Number: EJ1132468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
When Does Evidence-Based Policy Turn into Policy-Based Evidence? Configurations, Contexts and Mechanisms
Strassheim, Holger; Kettunen, Pekka
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v10 n2 p259-277 May 2014
Many studies on evidence-based policy are still clinging to a linear model. Instead, we propose to understand expertise and evidence as "socially embedded" in authority relations and cultural contexts. Policy-relevant facts are the result of an intensive and complex struggle for political and epistemic authority. This is especially true where science and policy are difficult to distinguish and the guidelines for validating knowledge are highly contested. To understand the mechanisms leading to policy-based evidence and the long-term consequences of these transformations more comparative research on the cultural and institutional "embeddedness" of epistemic and political authority is needed.
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Language: English
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