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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 utilisation of evidence in a politicised policy area

The utilisation of evidence in a politicised policy area

(p.110) (p.111) Seven The utilisation of evidence in a politicised policy area
Evidence versus politics

Mark Monaghan

Policy Press

This chapter continues to closely analyse the label of evidence. It discusses a wider drug classification system and the nature of drug harm therein. Drawing on debates over UK drug classification policy, the chapter highlights various appreciations of the role of evidence in the policy process. By looking at appreciations of the role of evidence, different interpretations of the role or the position of evidence in policy making are revealed. Although evidence is generally confused and contested, there is a simultaneous correlation among rival groups in the way that its use is understood. Finally, the chapter presents some extended summarising remarks which suggest that to fully comprehend the nature of evidence utilisation in heavily politicised areas, it is necessary to view evidence as contested, but with elements of certitude.

Keywords:   drug harm, evidence label, dug classification, UK, heavily politicised areas

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