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Evidence-Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing It Better

Nancy Cartwright and Jeremy Hardie


Over the last twenty or so years, it has become standard to require policymakers to base their recommendations on evidence. That is now uncontroversial to the point of triviality—of course, policy should be based on the facts. But are the methods that policy makers rely on to gather and analyze evidence the right ones? This book explains that the dominant methods which are in use now—broadly speaking, methods that imitate standard practices in medicine, like randomized control trials—do not work. They fail because they do not enhance our ability to predict if policies will be effective. The pr ... More

Keywords: real-world politics, policymakers, evidence, policy, randomized control trials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199841608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Cartwright, author
LSE and UCSD, Professor of Philosophy

Jeremy Hardie, author
Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, LSE