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Expert advisory councils in the policy system


Crowley, K and Head, B, Expert advisory councils in the policy system, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis, Routledge, M Brans, I Geva-May and M Howlett (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 181-198. ISBN 9781138959774 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter examines transformation, diffusion and variability issues in terms of expert advisory councils in advanced democracies over recent decades. A review of the international literature shows that, whilst there is still a role for traditional, independent, advisory councils within the government sector, expert advisory councils today are under great pressure to adapt to changing contexts and expectations. Most importantly, they are not only expected to provide the best available expert advice to government, but to do so in ways that engage with broader policy contexts and inter-related issue domains. There is growing evidence that some expert councils are taking on some of the features of ‘boundary organisations’, by engaging with a range of perspectives across broad policy domains, and by harnessing not only scientific knowledge but also lay knowledge and explicitly value-laden perspectives. Those expert advisory councils that engage with sectoral interests and value-based groups are, furthermore, likely to be better placed to leverage support and policy traction on difficult issues. However, the translation and diffusion of expert advice is always difficult and problematic whatever the socio-political context. In general, the transition from expert advice into evidence-informed policy action is enhanced when attention is paid to both design and engagement processes within specific institutional settings.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:expert advisory bodies, comparative policy analysis, knowledge utilisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Crowley, K (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:118681
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-07-18
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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