Bureaucracies and evidence-based policymaking

5-7 November 2020 | Executive MPA seminar

Bureaucracies are core actors in the formulation and implementation of public policy and provide advice to executive politicians. Bureaucratic policy advice is often based on evidence received from various sources and channelled through the bureaucratic organisation. The context of policymaking is becoming more challenging for a rational review, weighing and consideration of evidence and data. Political polarisation, a changing media environment as well as crowded policy spaces with many actors seeking to frame policy debates, has made the job of evidence-informed policymaking harder.

In order to understand the (non-)use of evidence, the course looks into bureaucracies as the machine room of executive organisation. The course will discuss various concepts to shed light on organisational properties of bureaucracies shaping policymaking and the use of evidence. Opening up the black box of policymaking in government, the course offers participants models for understanding different actors’ behaviour and aims for a grounded understanding of how the politics of policymaking shapes the evidence-informed policymaking.

This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme.

It can also be completed as part of the

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