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Frames of Governance: Comparing Institutional Arrangements over the Policy Space


  • Francesco Bogliacino


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. ****** En este ensayo, se desarrolla un marco de análisis para la relación entre evidencia y política pública. A partir de un criterio normativo basado en el análisis costo beneficio y en el valor de una información, y de una topología de las políticas públicas definida por tres características (incertidumbre epistémica, intereses, y el grado del conflicto de valores), identificamos los equilibrios de Nash de una interacción entre expertos y ciudadanos en proveer información a un hacedor de política. En este contexto, estudiamos tres arreglos institucionales (políticas basadas en evidencia, democracia deliberativa, conflicto negociado) que difieren en qué tanto confiamos en los expertos y en los ciudadanos en proveer información. Mostramos que diferentes intensidades de incertidumbre, intereses y conflictos de valores generan resultados muy varios en el desempeno de estos arreglos: en conclusión, para mayor eficiencia, las reglas tienen que ser contingentes.

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  • Francesco Bogliacino, 2018. "Frames of Governance: Comparing Institutional Arrangements over the Policy Space," Documentos de Trabajo, Escuela de Economía 16973, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, FCE, CID.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000178:016973

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    Evidence-Based Policy; Deliberative Democracy; Negotiated Conflict; Policy Evaluation;
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    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption

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