ERIC Number: EJ707694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Reference Count: 16
Advising Policymakers through the Media
Zimmerman, Klaus F.
Journal of Economic Education, v35 n4 p395 Fall 2004
In the information age, an exchange with the media is part of the duties the economics profession has to deliver to educate the public. A key issue is the education of policymakers through the media. It is the silver bullet of policy advice in comparison to commissioned research and face-to-face advice provided to the politician. It also pleases the vanity of the scientist: Few economists are willing to sacrifice the celebrity of public visibility to the effectiveness of face-to-face advice. The author advocates for a stronger role of researchers in the public debate and suggests ways to become more influential. He argues that in the long run agenda setting is a more promising strategy than reactive press activities.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Mass Media Use, Economics, Economic Research, Policy Formation, Foreign Countries, Mass Media Role, Researchers, Political Issues
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany