Expertise, evidence and argumentation in the context of public policy making
The Lisbon Workshop on Expertise, evidence and argumentation in the context of public policy making addresses the relation between evidence and policy-making from a philosophical, argumentative, and empirical perspective. The workshop is organized by the project “The Trinity of Policy-Making: Evidence, Causation and Argumentation,” funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with ArgLab, IFILNOVA, strategic project “Values and the Experience of Rational Decision Making,” funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
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● What are the recent developments in the state of the art concerning policy-making arguments and policy-making processes?
● What problems are encountered in policy-making practices, considering various perspectives such as communication, argument production and evaluation, communicative protocols and strategies, etc.?
● How can argumentation studies address practical problems in policy making, such as argument and evidence analysis and evaluation?
● What is the exact role of expertise and argumentative reasoning for the evidential relation; e.g., can arguments be in any sense constitutive also of evidence itself, rather than only “channeling” the evidence onto the claim?
● Which notions of causality are normally presupposed in the contexts where evidence-based policy is conceived and deployed, and how do they affect the pragmatic aspects of explanation and the type of evidence generated by our research methods?