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Jeni Vaitsman, Jose M. Ribeiro, and Lenaura Lobato

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306849

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.001.0001

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Policy Analysis by Academic Institutions in Rio de Janeiro State

Policy Analysis by Academic Institutions in Rio de Janeiro State

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(p.249) Nineteen Policy Analysis by Academic Institutions in Rio de Janeiro State
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Policy analysis in Brazil
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Cristiane Batista

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306849.003.0019

The exam of academic production of technical solutions for public policies demonstrates how academic studies of applied policy, whether undertaken on researchers’ own initiative or commissioned by government, have increased since the early 1990s. Academia has become a recognised actor in the discussion and production of policy-related knowledge, a role that the media have reinforced by circulating and discussing the results of academic studies in their communication outlets. This has contributed to increasing the visibility of – and consequently expanding the demand for – academic production for policymaking. Today, academia plays a fundamental role in policy evaluation, formulation and implementation in Brazil in that it proposes new concepts, new points of view and new options. It is not the only, nor the most important, source of information, but beyond a doubt, it is one of them. At the limit, it influences people's beliefs and opinions, including those of opinion leaders, pressure groups and public decision-makers, and in that way impacts policy.

Keywords:   Academic policy analysis, Policymaking, Policy evaluation, Brazil

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