Appeals to evidence for the resolution of wicked problems: the origins and mechanisms of evidentiary bias

@article{Parkhurst2016AppealsTE,
  title={Appeals to evidence for the resolution of wicked problems: the origins and mechanisms of evidentiary bias},
  author={J. Parkhurst},
  journal={Policy Sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={49},
  pages={373-393}
}
  • J. Parkhurst
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Policy Sciences
  • Wicked policy problems are often said to be characterized by their ‘intractability’, whereby appeals to evidence are unable to provide policy resolution. Advocates for ‘Evidence Based Policy’ (EBP) often lament these situations as representing the misuse of evidence for strategic ends, while critical policy studies authors counter that policy decisions are fundamentally about competing values, with the (blind) embrace of technical evidence depoliticizing political decisions. This paper aims to… CONTINUE READING
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