The Political Use of Evidence and its Contribution to Democratic Discourse

Schlaufer, Caroline Lea; Stucki, Iris; Sager, Fritz (2018). The Political Use of Evidence and its Contribution to Democratic Discourse. Public Administration Review, 78(4), pp. 645-649. Blackwell 10.1111/puar.12923

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This article argues that evidence, even when used politically, contributes to high-quality democratic discourse. Research results on the use of evidence in referendum campaigns in Switzerland show that (1) evidence fosters discourse quality and shifts the focus away from politics to policy; (2) evaluations and basic research contribute positively to discourse, but not opinion surveys and statistics; (3) the participation of experts and administrative practitioners in discourse is crucial to make evidence available to the public; and (4) evidence is always used as a part of a narrative and can alter the constructed images used in a story. In conclusion, the implications for practitioners are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > KPM Center for Public Management

UniBE Contributor:

Stucki, Iris and Sager, Fritz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

ISSN:

1540-6210

Publisher:

Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Deborah Anna Fritzsche

Date Deposited:

05 Apr 2018 16:57

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 15:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/puar.12923

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.113124

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113124

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