Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Evidence versus politicsExploiting research in UK drug policy making?$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details

The nature of evidence in a politicised policy area

The nature of evidence in a politicised policy area

Chapter:
(p.89) Six The nature of evidence in a politicised policy area
Source:
Evidence versus politics
Author(s):

Mark Monaghan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0006

This chapter presents an ACF-inspired analysis of the way that evidence was understood by key players in the policy process in relation to the 2004 cannabis policy change. This draws on subsequent events relating to broader interest in the UK drug classification system. The opening discussion focuses on the appreciations of evidence from the various perspectives identified in the previous chapter in relation to the initial reclassification of cannabis. This is followed by a summary of evidence utilisation in this particular subsystem. The discussion suggests that a plurality of different accounts of evidence can be ascertained. It then looks at how to explain the various accounts of evidence. The existence of a hierarchy of evidence is put forward here as a possible explanation, but ultimately ruled out on the grounds that appreciations of differing evidence are ideological as opposed to being primarily methodological.

Keywords:   ACF, 2004 cannabis policy, UK drug classification, evidence utilisation

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.