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What does ‘evidence’ mean to MPs and officials in the UK House of Commons?

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A blog by Marc Geddes, based on a recent open-access article published in Public Administration. Select committees are the principal mechanism of accountability in the House of Commons and act as information-gathering tools for Parliament. They are generally regarded as influential in the UK policy-making process (even if this is often informal), who enjoy widespread   …Continue Reading


Kat Smith, Sudeepa Abeysinghe and Christina Boswell: Reflections on the impact of Covid-19

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This blogpost is a summary of the SKAPE Seminar on the 24 June 2020 Kat Smith (Strathclyde), Sudeepa Abeysinghe (Social Policy, Edinburgh) and Christina Boswell (PIR, Edinburgh) presented three complementary perspectives on the on the impact of Covid-19 on the study of the relationship between science, knowledge and policy. Christina Boswell noted the extent, and   …Continue Reading


Seven Questions for Studying Science, Knowledge and Policy in a Covid-19 World

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Marc Geddes, Justyna Bandola-Gill, and Steve Yearley  Covid-19 has spread across the globe, upturning our personal lives and uprooting our routines; and led to significant health problems including, sadly, deaths. Across the globe, people have been forced into lockdown to prevent physical contact with others. Covid-19 has already, or is going to, impact all areas   …Continue Reading


Uncertainty, Pandemics and Policy

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A blogpost by Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Lecturer in Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh  This blogpost is a repost of a blogpost published in April 2016 on the SKAPE blogpage  The global management of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases present a complex governance issue. The most recent Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC),   …Continue Reading


Governing, knowledge and time: a governmentality perspective

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A blogpost by Dr. Marlon Barbehön, Heidelberg University This blogpost based on a talk at the SKAPE seminar on 27 August 2019  Time and practices of governing are intertwined in multiple ways. Political rule in general and its democratic form in particular are not possible without the temporalisation of processes and of institutional settings which   …Continue Reading


Democratising expertise? Lay citizens in the role of experts

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A blogpost by Eva Krick, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo This blogpost is based on a talk at the SKAPE seminar on 20 March 2019 In the SKAPE seminar, I would like to discuss a first outline of a research proposal that I am developing. It focuses on the involvement of ‘lay’   …Continue Reading


How British think tanks weathered the 2008 financial crisis

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A blogpost by Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Affiliated Researcher at the University of Cambridge, Senior Researcher at Think Tank for Action on Social Change (FEPS-TASC) More than ten years after Lehman Brothers’ file for bankruptcy, the economic and political fallout of the global economic crisis can still be felt. Its effects have not only been political   …Continue Reading


Beyond diagnosis? Shifting approaches in psychiatry

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A blogpost by Martyn Pickersgill, Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at The University of Edinburgh @PickersgillM The use of biological ideas and techniques in the study of mental ill-health and the practice of psychiatry is nothing new. But just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean that’s the only thing that’s going on in research and in the   …Continue Reading


How to engage effectively and ‘speak truth to power’

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A blogpost by Prof Paul Cairney, University of Stirling The story of ‘speaking truth to power’ comes up frequently in these science-policy debates. Many scientists describe their role in producing the best scientific evidence, seeking to maximise the role of scientific evidence in policy, and criticising policymakers vociferously if they don’t use evidence to inform   …Continue Reading


The role of socialisation in education governance: the case of the OECD country reviews [1]

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A blogpost by Dr. Sotiria Grek, University of Edinburgh As already widely debated by academics and policy actors alike, the OECD has instigated a new era in education governance, primarily through its construction of a commensurable transnational education space. Given the vast policy implications for systems worldwide, the predominant idea is that it is OECD’s   …Continue Reading


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