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Towards reason: political disputes, public attention and the use of expert knowledge in policymaking
() and PerOla Öberg
Abstract: This article examines expert knowledge utilization in
public policy processes. We study how much expert knowledge is employed and
the extent to which decision-makers deliberate on the information provided
by the experts, under various conditions of political disputes and public
attention. We suggest four hypotheses. It is proposed that expert knowledge
will be used more, but that there will be less deliberation in situations
of political disputes. It is also suggested that expert knowledge will be
consulted more and the decision-makers will take a more deliberative
approach when there is a lot of attention from citizens. Our empirical
findings, based on original data from local politics in Sweden, are in line
with the hypotheses. The findings highlight the importance of both studying
the extent of expert knowledge use and the way expertise is utilized.
Another important insight is that politics seem to matter in relation to
the role expert knowledge plays in public policymaking.
Keywords: Expert knowledge; Public policy; Political disputes; Public attention; Deliberation; Local government Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H70; H83; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, February 8, 2012
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Lundin, Martin and PerOla Öberg, (2014), 'Expert knowledge use and deliberation in local policy makingpolicymaking', Policy Sciences, Vol. 47, March, No. 1, pages 25-49
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