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The origins and reach of the evidence movement

Mark Monaghan

in Evidence versus politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426970.003.0002
The origins and reach of the evidence movement

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This chapter provides the background to the nature of evidence-based policy making, locating it in a particularly ‘Western’ democratic tradition of policy formulation. In essence, the chapter argues that the research/policy nexus is grounded in a history of Western state (and super-state) formation and tends to be applied in these contexts. It documents the origins and nature of the research–policy relationship in various jurisdictions. In the UK, the origins of this are charted in the work of various nineteenth-century philanthropists up to its present-day incarnation as evidence-based policy making under the conditions of New Labour's ‘modernising agenda’.

Keywords: evidence-based policy; UK; democratic policy; Western state formation; New Labour

Chapter.  7400 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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