Information and Government

Information and Government : Studies in the Dynamics of Policy-Making

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This paperback looks at the role played by statistical data in policy formation and asks whether government policy is influenced by such data, and if so, whether its impact has been innovative or conservative. In a series of ten case-studies, an interdisciplinary team of contributors examines policy-making from all perspectives, including its relation to the wages councils, the youth labour market, reform of social security, land use and nuclear weapons policy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • index
  • 0748601902
  • 9780748601905

Table of contents

Policy-making and the use of research, Alex Robertson; social intelligence and the origins of the welfare state, Roger Davidson; the case against wages councils - the evidence versus the ideology, Alice Brown; "evidence and no doubt" - parliament and some recent industrial relations legislation in Britain, Phil White; the youth labour market - intelligence, analysis and policy, Brian Main; reaching policy-makers - an autobiographical account, Hilde Behrend; lending a deaf ear - the government's response to consultation on the reform of social security, Michael Adler; comprehensive information on the use of land, Terry Coppock; the European community and the data mountain, Richard McAllister; the problem with "the facts" - nuclear weapons policy and the social negotiation of data, Donald Mackenzie.show more