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The UK government’s imaginative use of evidence to make policy

Cairney, Paul (2018) The UK government’s imaginative use of evidence to make policy. Democratic Audit Blog (31 May 2018). Blog Entry.

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It is a frequent complaint by public policy academics that the UK government does not follow evidence-based policy, and instead cherry-picks research to further its political priorities to produce ‘policy-based evidence’. However, writes Paul Cairney, evidence is used to inform policy in more ways than these two opposing categories suggest. As illustrated by family intervention initiatives, the cynical and short-term use of evidence to make policy in one arena can provide cover for more sincere and long-term policymaking in another.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 13:21
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 23:20

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