Journal Article

Epistemic communities and experts in health policy-making

Olga Löblová

in European Journal of Public Health

Published on behalf of European Public Health Association

Volume 28, issue suppl_3, pages 7-10
Published in print November 2018 | ISSN: 1101-1262
Published online November 2018 | e-ISSN: 1464-360X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky156
Epistemic communities and experts in health policy-making

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The role of evidence and expertise in policy-making has been of interest to public health professionals and political scientists alike. The public health community often sees its efforts as part of a linear knowledge transfer process and tends to blame itself for inadequate communication or translation of its arguments to policy-makers’ language when its efforts fail. Political science, especially theories of the policy process, offer alternative perspectives to explain the success or failure of experts’ preferred policy goals. This paper focuses on the concept of epistemic communities (groups of experts with a common policy goal derived from their shared knowledge) in policy-making, drawing on examples from the field of health technology assessment in Europe. By combining the parsimony and the central focus on experts of the linear knowledge transfer model with the recognition of complexity of political science, the epistemic communities concept provides a useful structure for the public health community to analyze its efforts to influence policy.

Journal Article.  3355 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Economics of Health ; Health, Illness, and Medicine

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