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Linking Research and Policy for Local Economies

Nathan, Max; (2018) Linking Research and Policy for Local Economies. In: Bryson, John R and Andres, Lauren and Mulhall, Rachel, (eds.) A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies: Reading City-Regions. (pp. 149-161). Edward Elgar Publishing Green open access

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The relationship between research, public policy and local economies is explored in this chapter. The analysis is based on a discussion of how research–policy interactions and challenges play out by exploring a recently established government experiment in the UK – the ‘What Works’ network. This has established a number of ‘What Works Centres’ that gather, evaluate and translate evidence on policy effectiveness across nine broad policy areas. The aim is to assist public sector decision-makers in developing effective policy interventions. In this chapter, Nathan explores the role of evidence in policymaking identifying several constraints in the effective use of research in policy development and implementation. The chapter then reviews the key findings of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and discusses the implications for local policymakers. The chapter concludes with broader reflections on the political economy of evidence and the linkages between researchers and policymakers.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Linking Research and Policy for Local Economies
ISBN-13: 9781785360282
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4337/9781785360299.00015
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781785360299.00015
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author-accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10175156
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