Evidence versus Politics: Exploiting Research in UK Drug by Mark Monaghan

By Mark Monaghan

Facts as opposed to Politics appears to be like at a contentious sector of united kingdom legal justice and drug coverage making. in keeping with unique examine and featuring new arguments approximately coverage making procedures, the ebook contributes to the talk approximately coverage making, particularly hugely politicized matters. It takes as its start line the inspiration that proof is a tricky idea and that there are continually various principles approximately what should still count number as proof in any given context, in addition to the frequent war of words over the position facts performs in coverage making. in accordance with basic learn, together with commentary and documentary research of the UK's Parliamentary choose Committee hearings, along qualitative 'elite' interviews with a wide-range of key coverage actors, this publication argues that there's a large false impression in regards to the facts and coverage dating.

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Merton, 1957, p 222) Chapter Two located the origins of evidence-based policy making in a ‘Western’ democratic tradition of policy development. It stressed that the relationship between the two protagonists of the tale (researchers and policy makers) has never been straightforward and is blighted by mutual suspicion. The policy process has broadened under the conditions of governance. Leaving aside for the moment the way this happens and the equity of it, decision making under the conditions of evidence-based policy making has become diffuse as evidence is canvassed from the social science community to buttress policy formulation.

Leaving aside for the moment the way this happens and the equity of it, decision making under the conditions of evidence-based policy making has become diffuse as evidence is canvassed from the social science community to buttress policy formulation. In short, any notions that decision making follows a ‘Westminster’ model have been further undermined by the evidence turn. It was stressed in Chapter Two, however, that this raised something of a paradox as although evidence-based policy making is widely supported, it also raises an issue of the legitimacy of any administration in that the public are familiar with the Westminster style of decision making (Stoker, 1998).

This makes politicised areas inherently 37 Evidence versus politics unstable and unpredictable (Monaghan, 2010). The direction of policy can alter as public and political opinion changes. This process can be very quick or it can be slow, but policies do not stand still. In effect, then, heavily politicised areas can be summed up as being characterised by the three Cs of competition, conflict and controversy. In this sense, the notion of competition draws on Mannheim’s sociology of knowledge. For Mannheim, competition is one of the principle ways in which the ‘social’ is structured as ‘different interpretations of the world for the most part correspond to particular functions that various groups occupy in their struggle for power’ (Mannheim, 1952, p 198).

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