From Research to Practice
Edited by Nicola F. Dotti
Chapter 17: What role for policy studies in a post-truth politics?
There is now much emphasis on evidence-based policymaking. However, rather less consideration is given to the origin of that evidence. Common sources can be found in academic research, in consultancy work and through the activities of think tanks and pressure groups. Each has their own objectives, strengths and potential weaknesses. For many the ‘gold-standard’ of evidence is that of academic research. However, with pressure on academics to engage more fully with policymakers to achieve ‘impact’, this raises questions about the impartiality of academic evidence. This chapter will consider the changing landscape for evidence-based policy and its implications.
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