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Do we need more scientists in Parliament? They may not make any difference

Goodwin, Mark (2014) Do we need more scientists in Parliament? They may not make any difference. Democratic Audit Blog (10 Feb 2014). Website.

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There is one scientist in the current House of Commons, and only a handful more with any kind of scientific background. This fact is frequently used to illustrate Parliament’s apparent inability to bring about evidence-based policymaking. However, as Mark Goodwin argues, parliamentarians with scientific backgrounds don’t tend to vote any differently from their non-elected counterparts, suggesting that either efforts to improve the number of scientists in the House are either pointless, or that they make their expert contributions in other, less visible, ways.

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Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 15:42
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2021 23:17

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