Scientific Advice to Public Policy-Making

43 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2004

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Valeria Papponetti

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Dino Pinelli

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan

Date Written: September 2004

Abstract

A feature of policy-making today is its dependence on scientific advice to deliver public policies that are robust, credible, and effective. This paper discusses how policy-making profits from scientific advice in areas where science and technology are significant. Particular attention is given to issues holding a high level of uncertainty, either because of inherent variability, because science is incomplete or controversial, or because data are inadequate to support a definitive answer. First, we analyse the social context that characterises the relationship between science and policy-making, with a focus on the decrease of public confidence in politicians and scientists. Second, we compare three different sets of guidelines on the collection and use of expertise in policy-making (issued by the UK, Canada and the European Commission, respectively) and identify two different approaches to scientific advice in policy-making. Third, based on a set of cross-national and multi-disciplinary case studies, we look at how the relationship between science and policy-making works in practice and propose a set of recommendations towards the establishment of a more robust and effective policy-making process.

Keywords: Scientific advice, Policy-making, Expertise

JEL Classification: D70, D81

Suggested Citation

Papponetti, Valeria and Pinelli, Dino, Scientific Advice to Public Policy-Making (September 2004). FEEM Working Paper No. 112.04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=593662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.593662

Valeria Papponetti (Contact Author)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

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Dino Pinelli

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan ( email )

Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milan
Italy
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39 02 52036946 (Fax)

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