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ECPR Virtual Methods School 2020

Tracing Expertization

Panel Number
Panel Chair
Johan Christensen
Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden
Panel Co-Chair
Cathrine Holst
Universitetet i Oslo
Panel Discussant
Dovilė Rimkutė
Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden

25/08/2018 11:00 - 12:40
Building: VMP 9 Floor: Ground Room: VMP9-08
It is often claimed that governance relies increasingly on academic experts and expertise, what can be referred to as the expertization or scientization of policy-making. But to what extent is this grand diagnosis confirmed by empirical data? Is expertization really taking place, and how does it stand up against competing trends such as the politicization of policy-making or the democratization of knowledge? The panel investigates these issues by examining expertization processes over time within different advisory bodies. It raises the question of how such processes can be properly conceptualized, mapped and compared across countries, institutional settings and policy areas. The changing reliance on academic expertise is traced using both quantitative and qualitative data. The panel also explores the empirical trends in light of normative debates on technocracy and de-politicized decision-making.

Paper List

Title Details
Balancing Bureaucrats, Interest Groups, and Experts. Danish Public Committees 1980-2017 View Paper Details
Controlling the Experts? A Study of Norwegian Public Inquiry Commissions 1972-2016 View Paper Details
Expertisation or Democratisation of Policy Development? The Case of Norwegian Advisory Committees View Paper Details
Knowledge Use and Evidence Based Environmental Policy View Paper Details
The Role of Experts in Policy-Making: Bridging the Gap Between Normative Theory and Empirical Analysis View Paper Details
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