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The utilisation of evidence in a politicised policy area

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/9781847426970.003.0007
The utilisation of evidence in a politicised policy area

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This chapter continues to closely analyse the label of evidence. It discusses a wider drug classification system and the nature of drug harm therein. Drawing on debates over UK drug classification policy, the chapter highlights various appreciations of the role of evidence in the policy process. By looking at appreciations of the role of evidence, different interpretations of the role or the position of evidence in policy making are revealed. Although evidence is generally confused and contested, there is a simultaneous correlation among rival groups in the way that its use is understood. Finally, the chapter presents some extended summarising remarks which suggest that to fully comprehend the nature of evidence utilisation in heavily politicised areas, it is necessary to view evidence as contested, but with elements of certitude.

Keywords: drug harm; evidence label; dug classification; UK; heavily politicised areas

Chapter.  7579 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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