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The question of “evidence” in the emergence of evidence-based or evidence-aware policies in agriculture

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  • Laurent, Catherine E.
  • Trouve, Aurelie

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Evidence-based or evidence-aware policy approaches are used in many different sectors (health, education, etc.). These approaches are less common in agriculture but are gradually emerging. Analysis of debates surrounding this trend sheds light on the particular nature of the difficulties faced by public decision-makers who are willing to use available scientific knowledge. After examining certain misunderstandings which arise in the international debate over evidence-based policy approaches, this paper addresses two specific issues: (i) the problems of competing evidence for using knowledge in the design of public policies and (ii) the potential role of rationalization tools in a possible "depoliticisation" of public decision-making.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 122nd Seminar, February 17-18, 2011, Ancona, Italy with number 99833.

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Keywords: knowledge; agriculture; policy; evidence; Agricultural and Food Policy; B29; D8; Q01; O3;

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