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Is it really about the evidence? Argument, persuasion, and the power of ideas in cultural policy

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posted on 19.10.2021, 08:35 by Ele BelfioreEle Belfiore
In the move towards a supposedly “evidence-based” cultural policy, “evidence” is rarely the main driver of decision-making. If “evidence” is not the actual basis of policymaking, then what is its real role? Why is there so much “bad” or unverifiable evidence of impact in cultural policy documents? The article suggests focusing on recent developments in policy theory for more accurate and sophisticated approaches on the connection between evidence and policymaking, and the role that ideas and values have in shaping policy. A closer engagement with theories of policy formation demonstrates policymaking has a fundamentally discursive character: it is based on ideas, processes of argumentation and persuasion, so can never be an ideologically neutral exercise. The article concludes that cultural policy studies can benefit from a more systematic engagement with policy theory.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Cultural Trends

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2021-10-15

ISSN

0954-8963

eISSN

1469-3690

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Ele Belfiore. Deposit date: 16 October 2021