Professor Paul Cairney to launch new book

Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Paul Cairney, will launch his new book in London this week.

On Tuesday 8 March, Paul will join a debating panel at a policy event, organised by Alliance for Useful Evidence, to explore how to maximise the impact of evidence in government. The debate will launch his new book, The Politics of Evidence Based Policy Making.

Paul has researched and published widely on how policy is made, and how researchers and producers of evidence can interact with, and impact, policy makers.

Paul said:

“Policymakers cannot consider all evidence relevant to policy problems. They use two shortcuts: ‘rational’ ways to establish the best evidence, and ‘irrational’ decision-making, drawing on emotions and beliefs to act quickly. In my new book I identify the best ways to engage with policymakers to maximise the use of scientific evidence during that process.”

The book is available to purchase here

Background information

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling. His research interests are in comparative public policy, including: comparisons of policy theories (Understanding Public Policy, 2012); policy outcomes in different countries (Global Tobacco Control, 2012), Scottish politics and policy (The Scottish Political System Since Devolution, 2011), and UK and devolved government policymaking. 

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