Frames of Governance: Comparing Institutional Arrangements Over the Policy Space
Documentos FCE-CID Escuela de Economía N° 96, Noviembre de 2018
55 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2019
Date Written: November 27, 2018
In this article, we develop a framework to analyze the relationship between evidence and policy. Postulating a normative criterion based on cost-benefit analysis and the value of a piece of information, as well as a topology of the policy space defined by three characteristics (epistemic uncertainty, interests, and the degree of value conflicts), we identify the (Nash) equilibria of an interaction between experts and citizens in providing information to a decision maker. In this setup, we study three institutional arrangements (evidence-based policy, deliberative governance, and negotiated conflict) that differ in terms of reliance on experts and citizens for providing information. We show that different degrees of uncertainty, interests, and values-relevance surrounding issue at stake result in vastly different arrangement performances; hence, to foster efficiency, rules should be contingent.
Keywords: Evidence-Based Policy, Deliberative Democracy, Negotiated Conflict, Policy Evaluation
JEL Classification: I38, Z18, D71, D73
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