Knowledge and Policy in the Literature

  • Jo Maybin
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy book series (SKP)


How have theorists conceived of the relationship between knowing and governing? What can past research tell us about how policy-makers might use knowledge in their work and, indeed, what ‘knowledge’ and ‘using it’ might constitute in this context? In this chapter I show how these questions were a central concern for foundational authors in the policy sciences, and how in the last three decades they have been taken up with renewed vigour by authors writing on the relationship between evidence and policy-making. Both of these literatures point to the limitations of technocratic accounts of policy-making, indicating instead the importance of attending to social interactions between policy-makers and researchers, and the context in which policy-makers operate, to understand how and why policy-makers use knowledge as they do.


Civil Servant Tacit Knowledge Explicit Knowledge Propositional Knowledge Policy Literature 
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© Jo Maybin 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo Maybin
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  1. 1.The King’s FundUK

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