Between ‘Scientization’ and a ‘Participatory Turn’. Tracing shifts in the governance of policy advice

Eva Krick, Johan Christensen and Cathrine Holst are published in Science and Public Policy with an article on modern governance and the case of temporary policy advisory committees in Norway. 

Abstract

This study traces the claims of a ‘scientization’ and a ‘participatory turn’ in modern governance within the system of temporary policy advisory committees in Norway. It analyzes whether there is evidence of the two claims in these key governance institutions and to what extent these shifts are compatible with each other. As expressions of a participatory turn, a growing emphasis on citizen involvement and transparency in the committee system is searched for. A growing relevance of researchers and of science-based claims in the committees’ reports are taken as indicators of scientization. The longitudinal study shows an overall shift both towards science- and expertise-based governance and towards an increasing openness and public engagement, as well as some variation between policy fields.

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Between ‘Scientization’ and a ‘Participatory Turn’. Tracing shifts in the governance of policy advice .

Eva Krick, Johan Christensen and Cathrine Holst

Science and Public Policy

DOI: doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scz040

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