Knowledge, Legitimation and the Politics of Risk: The Functions of Research in Public Debates on Migration

  title={Knowledge, Legitimation and the Politics of Risk: The Functions of Research in Public Debates on Migration},
  author={Christina Boswell},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={165 - 186}
  • C. Boswell
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Political Studies
There is a striking lack of research on the utilisation of expert knowledge in public policy debates and party political mobilisation. Existing contributions in related fields of scholarship generate rather contradictory expectations. On the one hand, political communications literature points to the dumbing down of political debate, implying a limited role for expert knowledge. On the other hand, a number of prominent sociologists have noted the centrality of science in political debate on the… 

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