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The policy agora : how power inequalities affect the interaction between researchers and policy makers

Brown, Chris (2013) The policy agora : how power inequalities affect the interaction between researchers and policy makers. Evidence and Policy. ISSN 1744-2648. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper examines notions of power in relation to evidence-informed policy making and explores four key areas. Firstly, I outline contemporary conceptualisations of how power operates in society; secondly, I spotlight the implications of power inequalities for how evidence is used by policy makers (and present the policy ‘agora’; a discursively controlled paradigm of ideology and epistemology which serves to distinguish between the types of evidence that policy makers will and won’t engage with); thirdly, I then define what I consider as evidence ‘misuse’; before finishing with an analysis of why evidence misuse materialises and how its enactment might be minimised.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: power , policy agora , evidence-informed policy, knowledge mobilisation
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 12:02
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:07
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