When does evidence matter in policymaking?
In the current issue of Governance (23.4, October 2010), Kathrin Frey of the University of Zurich examines the movement for “evidence-based policy making” and asks: When is systematic evidence about “what works” likely to be used by policymakers? Frey develops a framework for examining this question and applies it to cases of road safety policy in Switzerland, a country whose political institutions encourage a high degree of popular participation and consensus in decisionmaking. Frey finds that policymakers are most likely to question the relevance or quality of evidence in discussions about intrusive policy measures that engender a high level of conflict. Read the article.
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