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Reconsidering PolicyComplexity, Governance and the State$
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Kate Crowley, Jenny Stewart, Adrian Kay, and Brian Head

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333111

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333111.001.0001

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Reconsidering advice and advisory systems

Reconsidering advice and advisory systems

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(p.97) 6 Reconsidering advice and advisory systems
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Reconsidering Policy
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Kate Crowley

Jenny Stewart

Adrian Kay

Brian W. Head

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447333111.003.0006

Policy advice and policy advisory systems tend to be underplayed or neglected in policymaking literature despite robust policy advisory research efforts, and concerns with the character and dynamics of domain specific advisory systems within and beyond the state. In this chapter we reconsider policy advice in several key senses. We revisit the significance of the role of policy advising, and depictions of the transformation of the practice of policy advising; we draw upon governance and policy systems frames in our reconsideration of advisory systems; and we reflect upon the place of expert advice in PASs in problem solving today. We explore the role of advice and advisory systems in addressing complex problems in the governance era, and ask whether a more diverse advisory landscape helps or hinders the generation and transmission of policy relevant knowledge.

Keywords:   policy advice, policy advising, policy advisory systems, domain specific advisory systems, governance, policy relevant knowledge

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