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Evidence versus politics: Exploiting research in UK drug policy making?

Mark Monaghan


The initial enthusiasm for the evidence-based policy agenda has recently been replaced with increasing scepticism. Critics point out that ‘policy-based evidence’ characterises the relationship more accurately. Analysing the role and nature of evidence in the context of UK drug policy and drawing on a range of theories of the policy process and research utilisation, this book pursues an alternative route for conceptualising the evidence and policy connection, which moves beyond zero-sum statements of evidence-based policy and policy-based evidence.

Keywords: policy-based evidence, research utilisation, evidence-based policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847426970
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Monaghan, author