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The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making

Authors: Cairney, Paul

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The Politics of Evidence Based Policymaking identifies how to work with policymakers to maximize the use of scientific evidence. Policymakers cannot consider all evidence relevant to policy problems. They use two shortcuts: ‘rational’ ways to gather enough evidence, and ‘irrational’ decision-making, drawing on emotions, beliefs, and habits. Most scientific studies focus on the former. They identify uncertainty when policymakers have incomplete evidence, and try to solve it by improving the supply of information. They do not respond to ambiguity, or the potential for policymakers to understand problems in very different ways. A good strategy requires advocates to be persuasive: forming coalitions with like-minded actors, and accompanying evidence with simple stories to exploit the emotional or ideological biases of policymakers. 

About the authors

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling.  His research interests are in comparative public policy, including: comparisons of policy theories (Understanding Public Policy, 2012); outcomes in different countries (Global Tobacco Control, 2012), and UK and devolved policymaking (Scottish Politics, 2013).

    

Reviews

“Paul Cairney’s book is timely, given recent lamentations about the ‘post-factual’ era, and fears that despite trends for ‘evidence-based policies’ on ‘what works’, policymakers seem to base decisions on anything but science. … Thoroughly referenced throughout, this book will prove instructive for social researchers hoping to influence policymaking, as well as for social policy and social research students.” (Berni Graham, SRA Research Matters, March, 2017)

“Cairney carefully and deliberately dispels many EBPM myths. He notes a series of problems which challenge a 'pure' form of EBPM. … This book is handy for those trying to influence EBPM as it lays out strategies and analytical frameworks to understand the policy making process.” (Nicola Searle, The IPKat, ipkitten.blogspot.de, May, 2016)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Science of Policymaking

    Cairney, Paul

    Pages 1-12

  • The Role of Evidence in Theories of the Policy Process

    Cairney, Paul

    Pages 13-50

  • Health and Advocacy: What Are the Barriers to the Use of Evidence in Policy?

    Cairney, Paul

    Pages 51-84

  • Evidence in Environmental Policy: Learning Lessons from Health?

    Cairney, Paul

    Pages 85-118

  • Conclusion: How to Respond to the Limits of EBPM

    Cairney, Paul

    Pages 119-133

Buy this book

eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51781-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £45.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51780-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51781-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51781-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51780-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 137
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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