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(Expanding) the role of geography in public policy Recent years have seen an upsurge in the United Kingdom of a political rhetoric of `evidence-based policy'. Under New Labour, this concept of evidence-based policyö`what matters is what works'öis seen as essential to modern government: ``The government expects more of policy-makers. More new ideas, more willingness to question inherited ways of doing things, better use of evidence and research in policy-making and better focus on policies that will deliver long term goals'' (Cabinet Office, 1999). It is an agenda that has involved engagement with both policy formation and policy practice (delivery and performance). All this has inevitably sharpened the government's and policymakers ' perceptions of social science. As part of this ongoing dialogue, the Labour government has called for a closer engagement between academic researchers and policymakers, and for social scientists to play a more prominent role in informing government as to which policies work and which sorts of policy interventions are likely to be more successful than others

Year: 2013
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