Survival of the ideas that fit: An evolutionary analogy for the use of evidence in policy

Stevens, Alex (2007) Survival of the ideas that fit: An evolutionary analogy for the use of evidence in policy. Social Policy and Society, 6 (1). pp. 25-35. ISSN 1474-7464. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper explores bias in the use of evidence in policy. It argues that existing models of the evidence–policy relationship neglect the tendency for attention to be paid only to that evidence helpful to the interests of powerful social groups. An evolutionary analogy is used to explain how this bias arises, without the need for irrationality or conspiracy on the part of policy makers. Examples are given in the fields of drug, asylum and other policies, and the possible responses by researchers to the biased use of research evidence are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 09:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 14:02
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29899 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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