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Science in inaction - the shifting priorities of the UK government's response to COVID-19 highlights the need for publicly accountable expert advice.

Bacevic, Jana (2020) Science in inaction - the shifting priorities of the UK government's response to COVID-19 highlights the need for publicly accountable expert advice. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (27 Apr 2020). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The phrase following the science is repeated frequently in relation to government policies to address COVID-19. However, what this science might be and how it is better than other ‘sciences’ is less frequently explained. In this post, Jana Bacevic reviews the UK government’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak and argues that a key factor determining the UK government’s approach was a closed advisory system that enabled particular scientific or epistemic communities to have disproportionate influence on policymaking. To address this deficiency, scientific advisory systems need both a greater variety of experts and greater transparency.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 13:21
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104350

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