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Policy, Politics and Research with Professor Paul Cairney

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John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney, Galleries (Ground)

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Why don’t policymakers listen to your evidence, and how can you make a bigger impact on policy?

It is common for researchers to bemoan the lack of 'evidence-based policymaking', identify 'policy-based evidence' and worry about a form of 'post-truth politics' in which ideology trumps facts. Researchers often want to know why policymakers seem to ignore their evidence and how to respond.

Cairney provides three main answers to provoke debate: (i) Many policymakers have many different ideas about what counts as good evidence; (ii) Policymakers have to ignore almost all evidence and almost every decision taken in their name; and (iii) Policymakers do not control the policy process (in the way that simple models like the policy cycle suggests). He also suggests understanding the process rather than simply blaming politics and politicians.

Cairney then compares two forms of 'how to respond' advice from: the individual experiences of experts, and policy theories. In the panel discussion, contributors reflect on the implications for Universities: do researchers have the incentive and means to make an impact on policy? Background reading is available on Paul's website.


12.00 Event commences | Paul Cairney's seminar

12.35 Q&A with Paul

13.00 Panel discussion

13.30 Q&A with panel

14.00 Close






Professor Paul Cairney and guests

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, UK (@Cairneypaul). He is a world expert in evidence-based policy and more broadly, knowledge translation. His research spans comparisons of policy theories, methods associated with key theories and international policy processes. He uses these insights to explain the use of evidence policymaking, in his book The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making.

Paul will be joined by Professor Emma Johnston (Dean of Science), Scientia Professor Rob Brooks (Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre) and Professor Kristy Muir (CEO, Centre for Social Impact) for a panel discussion after his talk. Join us for this illuminating insight into politics and public policy.

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