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The government is following the science: why is the translation of evidence into policy generating so much controversy?

Pérez-González, Luis (2020) The government is following the science: why is the translation of evidence into policy generating so much controversy? Impact of Social Sciences Blog (12 Nov 2020). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In the UK, the government has presented itself as guided by scientific evidence in its policy responses to COVID-19. This has led to science, in particular epidemiology, itself becoming politicised and contested. However, neither the politicisation of science nor questions surrounding the status of evidence are new. In this post, Luis Pérez-González, outlines how a similar politics of expertise has played out in environmental policy-making. The author argues that for scientific evidence to be successfully communicated in policy, it needs to be informed by bipartisan values.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 14:12
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 23:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107708

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