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The contribution of evidence-based policy to the output-oriented legitimacy of the state

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Abstract:

Promoters of evidence-based policy making assume that such practices contribute to an improvement in public policies and therefore to social betterment and state legitimacy. However, scholars in democracy research rarely include practices of evidence-based policy making in their analyses of the legitimacy of the state. This article outlines the linkages between evidence-based policy making and the output-oriented legitimacy of the state, and assesses the potential of these linkages. The analysis shows that only a selection of these linkages have the potential to contribute to state legitimacy whereas others are very restricted in this respect.

Keywords: DEMOCRACY; EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING; OUTPUT-ORIENTED LEGITIMACY; PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426409X478743

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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