The policy agora: how power inequalities affect the interaction between researchers and policy makers

Christopher David Brown

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-472
Number of pages18
JournalEvidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • evidence-informed policy
  • knowledge mobilsation
  • policy agora
  • power

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