Vertical epistemic communities in multilevel governance

Mavrot, Céline; Sager, Fritz (2018). Vertical epistemic communities in multilevel governance. Policy & politics, 46(3), pp. 391-407. Policy Press 10.1332/030557316X14788733118252

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Literature defines epistemic communities as knowledge-based networks whose purpose is to influence policy. While previous studies often focused on the horizontal functioning of epistemic communities, we expand the debate by integrating the vertical dimension as an additional governing structure. We argue that vertical epistemic communities take advantage of multiple-scale systems to generate coherent strategies which enable them to influence policymaking. Through the case of Swiss smoking prevention policy, we study how vertical epistemic communities in federalist systems can lead to policy harmonisation between member states. They do so by shifting the decision-making process away from the political towards expert arenas.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Mavrot, Céline and Sager, Fritz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

ISSN:

1470-8442

Publisher:

Policy Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Céline Mavrot

Date Deposited:

06 Dec 2016 14:48

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1332/030557316X14788733118252

Uncontrolled Keywords:

vertical epistemic communities • multilevel governance • secondary harmonisation • policymaking

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.90970

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90970

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