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Evidence-based policy: where is our theory of evidence?

Cartwright, Nancy (2007) Evidence-based policy: where is our theory of evidence? Contingency and Dissent in Science, 07/07. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper critically analyses the concept of evidence in evidence-based-policy arguing that there is key problem: that there is no existing practicable theory of evidence, one which is philosophically grounded and yet applicable for evidencebased policy. The paper critically considers both philosophical accounts of evidence and practical treatments of evidence in evidence-based-policy. It argues that both fail in different ways to provide a theory of evidence that is adequate for evidence-basedpolicy. The paper is a valuable contribution to the part of the research project that explores how evidence can and should be used to reduce contingency in science, and policy based on science.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/CPNSS/projects/CoreResearchP...
Additional Information: © 2007 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 07/07
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 14:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32016/

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