Knowledge to Policy Book

Knowledge to Policy


  • Author : Fred Carden
  • Publisher : IDRC
  • Release Date : 2009-04-06
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9788178299303

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Knowledge to Policy Excerpt :

Does research influence public policy and decision-making and, if so, how? This book is the most recent to address this question, investigating the effects of research in the field of international development. It starts from a sophisticated understanding about how research influences public policy and decision-making. It shows how research can contribute to better governance in at least three ways: by encouraging open inquiry and debate, by empowering people with the knowledge to hold governments accountable, and by enlarging the array of policy options and solutions available to the policy process. Knowledge to Policy: Making the Most of Development Research examines the consequences of 23 research projects funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Key findings and case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America are presented in a reader-friendly, journalistic style, giving the reader a deeper grasp and understanding of approaches, contexts, relationships and events. The book will be useful to academics, researchers and students of political science, public administration, development studies, and international affairs; professionals in donor and development organizations worldwide; policy- and decision-makers in government (local and national levels) and international arenas (particularly trade and finance); and development agencies and civil society (non-governmental) organizations concerned with integrating the voice of citizens into policy- and decision-making processes.

Knowledge and Public Policy Book

Knowledge and Public Policy


  • Author : Judith Eleanor Innes
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release Date : 2022-05-27
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : 1412827205

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Knowledge and Public Policy Excerpt :

This book addresses the question of what it takes to develop social indicators that genuinely influence important public decisions. It looks historically at the processes of creating and using three important social indicators in the United States: unemployment rates, standard budgets, and crime rates. It then develops principles for choosing concepts, designing measures, and creating policy processes that institutionalize their use. For this second edition, Innes has provided a major new introductory essay, which reflects on social indicators research and her own and others' continuing work on the role of quantitative and other professionally generated information in policy making. She contends that in practice knowledge is influential as it becomes part of the myths that shape public life, as it empowers some policy actors over others, as it establishes the agendas and frames the problem, as it sets the terms for negotiation and public discourse. For these arguments, she draws on her research on human rights policy, environmental impact assessment, housing policy and local community development. The case studies in the original book have stood the test of time, and remain valid supports for the author's interpretations. The author contends that to understand how knowledge and policy are linked, we need to replace the "scientific" model of explicit knowledge use with a more inclusive, interactive model of knowledge influence. To do this we must rethink both the education and practice of policy professionals. Innes sees indicators as lenses on the world that help define problems and point the way to solutions. It is not surprising that the case studies show that the most influential indicators are developed jointly with policy and theories about the problem. As she says, "there are no facts without theories and the only way a statistician can keep out of politics is to collect only irrelevant data." This new edition will be of immense interest to those interested in

Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources Book

Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources


  • Author : Hemant R. Ojha
  • Publisher : IDRC
  • Release Date : 2007-01-01
  • Genre: Business
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN 10 : 9781552503713

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Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources Excerpt :

KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND NATURAL RESOURCES. Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal. Book(s) 7 of 211. KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND NATURAL RESOURCES. Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal. Edited by Hemant R. Ojha, Netra P. Timsina, Ram B. Chhetri, and Krishna P. Paudel. Foundation Books/IDRC 2007. ISBN 978-81-7596-563-8. e-ISBN 978-1-55250-371-3. 182 pp. In recent years, knowledge systems have become a key area of concern for researchers, policy-makers, and development activists. Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources is a unique collection of case studies from Nepal. It provides rich and incisive insights into critical social processes and deliberative governance. It analyzes how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and applied in various aspects of natural resource governance in Nepal. The book challenges the dichotomy between traditional and scientific knowledge. It proposes to differentiate among systems of knowledge on the basis of the political standing of social actors engaged in natural resource governance. It further proposes that change in governance hinges on how the diverse systems of knowledge come into deliberative interface and to what extent the unequal distribution of power and knowledge resources in society constrain the process of deliberation. This book will be of great interest to development policy-makers, governance specialists, researchers, academics, development advisors, social activists and students of social and political sciences and natural resource management.

Water Governance  Policy and Knowledge Transfer Book

Water Governance Policy and Knowledge Transfer


  • Author : Cheryl De Boer
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-05-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136242700

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Water Governance Policy and Knowledge Transfer Excerpt :

In an increasingly global community of researchers and practitioners, new technologies and communication means have made the transfer of policies from one country or region to another progressively more prevalent. There has been a lot of attention in the field of public administration paid to policy transfer and institutional transplantation. This book aims to create a better understanding of such transfers in the water management sector. These include the adoption of modern water management concepts, such as integrated water resources management and forms of water governance, which are strongly promoted and sometimes also imposed by various international organizations. Transfers also occur within the scope of development aid or for the purpose of creating business opportunities. In addition, many research organisations, consultancies and governmental agencies are involved in cross-border work. The purpose of this book is therefore to present practical examples of the transfer of modern water management from one locality to another and to critically discuss the transferability of policy and governance concepts by analysing the contextual needs and factors. Case studies are included from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is argued that in many cases context matters in water management and that there is no panacea or universal concept that can be applied to all countries or regions with different political, economic, cultural and technological contexts. Yet it is also shown that some countries are facing pressing and similar water management issues that cut across national borders, and hence the transfer of knowledge may be beneficial.

Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy Book

Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy


  • Author : Devaki Jain
  • Publisher : IDRC
  • Release Date : 2011-11-03
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 347
  • ISBN 10 : 9788132107415

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Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy Excerpt :

Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy brings together 14 essays by feminist thinkers from different parts of the world, reflecting on the flaws in the current patterns of development and arguing for political, economic, and social changes to promote equality and sustainability. The contributors argue that the very approach being taken to understand and measure progress, and plan for and evaluate development, needs rethinking in ways that draw on the experiences and knowledge of women. All the essays, in diverse ways, offer proposals for alternative ideas to address the limitations and contradictions of currently dominant theories and practices in development, and move towards the creation of a socially just and egalitarian world.

Knowledge  policy and power in international development Book

Knowledge policy and power in international development


  • Author : Jones, Harry
  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-18
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447300977

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Knowledge policy and power in international development Excerpt :

This book presents an academically rigorous yet practical guide to efforts to understand how knowledge, policy and power interact to promote or prevent change. It offers a power analysis perspective on the knowledge-policy process, illustrated with rich empirical examples from the field of international development, combined with practical guidance on the implications of such an approach. It provides ways to identify and address problems that have hampered previous attempts to improve the space between knowledge and policy; such as difficulties in analysing political context, persistent asymmetric relationships between actors, ignorance of the contributions of different types of knowledge, and misconceptions of the roles played by intermediary organisations. Most importantly, the book gives readers the ability to develop strategies for negotiating the complexity of the knowledge-policy interface more effectively, so as to contribute to policy dialogues, influence policy change, and implement policies and programmes more effectively. The authors focus on the dynamics of the knowledge-policy interface in international development; offering novel theoretical insights and methodological approaches that are applicable to a broader array of policy arenas and their audiences, including academics, practitioners and students.

The Economics of Knowledge  Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy Book

The Economics of Knowledge Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy


  • Author : Taylor & Francis Group
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-09-30
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 0367668823

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The Economics of Knowledge Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy Excerpt :

There is wide consensus on the importance of knowledge for economic growth and local development patterns. This book proposes a view of knowledge as a collective, systemic and evolutionary process that enables agents and social systems to overcome the challenges of the limits to growth. It brings together new conceptual and empirical contributions, analysing the relationship between demand and supply factors and the rate and direction of technological change. It also examines the different elements that compose innovation systems. The Economics of Knowledge, Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy provides the background for the development of an integrated framework for the analysis of systemic policy instruments and their mutual interaction the socio-political and economic conditions of the surrounding environment. These aspects have long been neglected in innovation policy, as policymakers, academics and the business community, have mostly emphasized the benefits of supply side strategies. However, a better understanding of innovation policies grafted on a complexity-based approach calls for the appreciation of the mutual interactions between both supply and demand aspects, and it is likely to improve the actual design of policy measures. This book will help readers to understand the foundations and working of demand-driven innovation policies by stressing the importance of compent and smart demand.

Managing Knowledge  Governing Society Book

Managing Knowledge Governing Society


  • Author : Alain-Marc Rieu
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000473292

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Managing Knowledge Governing Society Excerpt :

Since the 1980s, two different paradigms have reshaped industrial societies: the Neoliberal paradigm and a Research and Innovation paradigm. Both have been conceptualized and translated into strong policies with massive economic and social consequences. They provide divergent responses to the environmental transition. The Neoliberal paradigm is based on economic models and geopolitical solutions. The Research and Innovation paradigm’s goal is to manage knowledge differently in order to reorient the evolution of society. Since the mid-1990s, a version of the Research and Innovation paradigm has led to the design of large-scale research and innovation policies. This book examines how these policies have evolved and how they can be extended and reformed to respond to present and future environmental constraints. It studies the mutation of the conception, organization and role of science and technology in the evolution of industrial societies and explores the future of these developments. The book offers three unique lines of enquiry. The first is to focus not specifically on economics, sociology, political science or history, but on knowledge creation from an institutional and reflexive point of view. The second is to establish a convergence between the British school of science and technology studies and the research trends opened by the work of Michel Foucault. Both introduced trans-disciplinary and policy-oriented research associating case studies, long-term perspectives and theory. The third is to consider climate change as the overwhelming challenge of our time. The book is an insightful guide for students, scholars and researchers across the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, political science, law, economics, business and media.

Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts Book

Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts


  • Author : Katarzyna Kaczmarska
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-04-27
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429589027

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Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts Excerpt :

This book draws on extensive ethnographic research undertaken in Russia to show how the wider sociopolitical context – the political system, relationship between the state and academia as well as the contours of the public debate – shapes knowledge about international politics and influences scholars’ engagement with the policy world. Combining an in-depth study of the International Relations discipline in Russia with a robust methodological framework, the book demonstrates that context not only bears on epistemic and disciplinary practices but also conditions scholars’ engagement with the wider public and policymakers. This original study lends robust sociological foundations to the debate about knowledge in International Relations and the social sciences more broadly. In particular, the book questions contemporary thinking about the relationship between knowledge and politics by situating the university within, rather than abstracting it from the political setting. The monograph benefits from a comprehensive engagement with Russian-language literature in the Sociology of Knowledge and critical reading of International Relations scholarship published in Russia. This text will be of interest to scholars and students in International Relations, Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, the Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Technology Studies and Higher Education Studies. It will appeal to those researching the knowledge-policy nexus and knowledge production practices.

Knowledge and Environmental Policy Book

Knowledge and Environmental Policy


  • Author : William Ascher
  • Publisher : Mit Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105215375283

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Knowledge and Environmental Policy Excerpt :

During the George W. Bush administration, politics and ideology routinely trumped scientific knowledge in making environmental policy. Data were falsified, reports were edited selectively, and scientists were censored. The Obama administration has pledged to restore science to the policy making process. And yet, as the authors of Knowledge and Environmental Policy point out, the problems in connecting scientific discovery to science-based policy are systemic. The process--currently structured in a futile effort to separate policy from science--is dysfunctional in many respects. William Ascher, Toddi Steelman, and Robert Healy analyze the dysfunction and offer recommendations for incorporating formal science and other important types of knowledge (including local knowledge and public sentiment) into the environmental policymaking process. The authors divide the knowledge process into three functions--generation, transmission, and use--and explore the key obstacles to incorporating knowledge into the making of environmental policy. Using case studies and integrating a broad literature on science, politics, and policy, they examine the ignorance or distortion of policy-relevant knowledge, the overemphasis of particular concerns and the neglect of others, and the marginalization of certain voices. The book's analysis will be valuable to scientists who want to make their work more accessible and useful to environmental policy and to policymakers who want their decisions to be informed by science but have had difficulty finding scientific knowledge that is useful or timely.

Knowledge  Policy and Power Book

Knowledge Policy and Power


  • Author : Ajoy Datta
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-06-27
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 46
  • ISBN 10 : 1076662641

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Knowledge Policy and Power Excerpt :

Politics from ODI with three authors combining a well-balanced book containing data information for the Overseas Development Institute.

Knowledge  Policy  and Expertise Book

Knowledge Policy and Expertise


  • Author : Susan Owens
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2015-05-28
  • Genre: Climatic changes
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198294658

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Knowledge Policy and Expertise Excerpt :

Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise examines the evolving role of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and it's influence on British environmental policy from its inception in 1970 to its closure in 2011.Drawing upon an extensive range of sources, this book provides the only full account of this influential body, and is a fascinating analysis of expertise and policy formation. Knowledge, Policy, and Expertise provides a wider contribution to insights on expertise and advisory practices, offering a rich and detailed account of authority, autonomy, and trust, of the diverse roles that advisors can play, and draws important lessonsabout the nature of constructive interaction. Above all, it demonstrates the complexity and contingency of these interactions, contributing substantially to a theory of expertise, and drawing out important implications for the future of 'good advice'.

Knowledge in Policy Book

Knowledge in Policy


  • Author : Freeman, Richard
  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-07
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447320975

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Knowledge in Policy Excerpt :

This important collection presents a radical reconception of the place of knowledge in contemporary policymaking in Europe, based not on assumptions about evidence, expertise or experience but on the different forms that knowledge takes. Knowledge is embodied in people, inscribed in documents and instruments, and enacted in specific circumstances. Empirical case studies of health and education policy in different national and international contexts demonstrate the essential interdependence of different forms and phases of knowledge. They illustrate the ways in which knowledge is mobilised and resisted, and draw attention to key problems in the processing and transformation of knowledge in policy work. This novel theoretical framework offers real benefits for policymakers, academics in public policy, public administration, management studies, sociology, education, public health and social work, and those with a practical interest in education and health and related fields of public policy.

Social Justice  Transformation and Knowledge Book

Social Justice Transformation and Knowledge


  • Author : James Avis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-01-22
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317605751

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Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge: Policy, Workplace Learning and Skills examines the policy contexts in which lifelong learning, vocational education and training and skill development is set. It provides a critique of neo-liberalism and its impact on vocational education and training and lifelong learning. It interrogates potentially progressive policy interventions that take for granted capitalist relations as these can become a form of ‘comfort radicalism’ that whilst calling for structural change remain lodged within capitalism. Such analyses are limited, particularly in austere conditions of worklessness with increasing numbers of workers surplus to the requirements of capital. Offering detailed discussions within UK, European and global contexts, this book proves an insightful and critical text which illustrates Professor Avis’ extensive experience and knowledge of the field. Adopting a substantive focus on debates and analysis with significance that extends beyond the particular policy context of England, the book offers: an exploration of arguments that suggest workplace learning carries with it progressive possibilities an examination of models of class implicit within education policy and documents consideration of forms of governance and professionalism and their articulation to the pursuit of social justice an insight into discussions concerned with social justice, knowledge as well as the current conditions of austerity in which education and social policy are emphasised Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge is a significant addition to the field. It is an insightful and thought-provoking book from which students, lecturers and researchers with an interest in education studies, education policy, and social justice will greatly benefit from reading.

The Power of Scientific Knowledge Book

The Power of Scientific Knowledge


  • Author : Reiner Grundmann
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139560962

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The Power of Scientific Knowledge Excerpt :

It is often said that knowledge is power, but more often than not relevant knowledge is not used when political decisions are made. This book examines how political decisions relate to scientific knowledge and what factors determine the success of scientific research in influencing policy. The authors take a comparative and historical perspective and refer to well-known theoretical frameworks, but the focus of the book is on three case studies: the discourse of racism, Keynesianism and climate change. These cases cover a number of countries and different time periods. In all three the authors see a close link between 'knowledge producers' and political decision makers, but show that the effectiveness of the policies varies dramatically. This book will be of interest to scientists, decision makers and scholars alike.