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Policy Analysis in the United States$
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John A. Hird

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333821

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333821.001.0001

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Policy advisory committees: an operational view

Policy advisory committees: an operational view

(p.173) Nine Policy advisory committees: an operational view
Policy Analysis in the United States

Michael Holland

Julia Lane

Policy Press

Advisory committees are part and parcel of policy-making in every government agency. Their input is used at many levels, ranging from high level strategic initiatives and planning to very specific input into narrowly defined decisions. This chapter describes an operational overview of the different approaches used by science agencies in the United States and documents the heterogeneous way in which they are used. It suggests that some of the principles that motivated the establishment of advisory committees are not always fully served in practice. It also finds that that the financial structure and incentives of some entities, might usefully be reviewed. The chapter concludes by observing that the structure of committees might be improved by developing a more scientific approach to their constitution.

Keywords:   advisory committees, science policy, FACA

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