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Reflections on the academic policy analysis process and the UK identity cards scheme

Hosein, Ian, Whitley, Edgar A., Angell, Ian and Davies, Simon (2007) Reflections on the academic policy analysis process and the UK identity cards scheme. The Information Society, 23 (1). pp. 51-58. ISSN 1087-6537

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Abstract

There is an increasing rhetoric from politicians for universities to become more involved in policy analysis and policy research. In this article, we reflect on our experiences of the analysis we conducted into the legislation to introduce biometric identity cards in the United Kingdom. We highlight how our work had direct consequences for the ongoing policy deliberation around this controversial piece of legislation. In particular, we highlight our role in the debate surrounding the government's figures for identity fraud and the concerns about the likely cost of the scheme to the government and taxpayer. We end the article by discussing some of the practical realities of such a foray into real politik.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.informaworld.com/0197-2243
Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > KD England and Wales
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2008 09:57
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/19501/

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