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Evidence versus politicsExploiting research in UK drug policy making?$
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Mark Monaghan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426970

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.001.0001

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The origins and reach of the evidence movement

The origins and reach of the evidence movement

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(p.11) Two The origins and reach of the evidence movement
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Evidence versus politics
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Mark Monaghan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0002

This chapter provides the background to the nature of evidence-based policy making, locating it in a particularly ‘Western’ democratic tradition of policy formulation. In essence, the chapter argues that the research/policy nexus is grounded in a history of Western state (and super-state) formation and tends to be applied in these contexts. It documents the origins and nature of the research–policy relationship in various jurisdictions. In the UK, the origins of this are charted in the work of various nineteenth-century philanthropists up to its present-day incarnation as evidence-based policy making under the conditions of New Labour's ‘modernising agenda’.

Keywords:   evidence-based policy, UK, democratic policy, Western state formation, New Labour

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