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Policy analysis in Germany$
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Sonja Blum and Klaus Schubert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306252

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.001.0001

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Academics and policy analysis: tension between epistemic and practical concerns

Academics and policy analysis: tension between epistemic and practical concerns

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(p.279) Nineteen Academics and policy analysis: tension between epistemic and practical concerns
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Policy analysis in Germany
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Renate Mayntz

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306252.003.0019

Academics are involved in policy analysis in diverse ways. While policy analysis in the service of special interests must avoid making false factual statements, it still serves the justification of a specific policy and uses data selectively. In contrast, policy advice from scientific advisory councils staffed by academics must above all else meet stringent criteria of objectivity. Guidelines for organising and conducting scientific policy advice attempt to assure such objectivity. While effective policy must be based on scientifically robust evidence, the effectiveness of policy advice meeting the criteria of epistemic robustness is compromised by the inseparability of policy from politics.

Keywords:   academics, advisory councils, epistemic robustness, policy advice

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