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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

8 - Experts, Politics and Co-Production

from Part III - Theorising Hyper-active Governance


This book has been about the relationship between politicians and experts, and how governments manage the inevitable consequences of giving experts more power over important political decisions. Governments manage the ‘expert–politics nexus’ by defending the experts from public attack, resourcing them to tackle emergencies and making them include alternative conceptions of ‘expertise’. Principals and agents interact closely to deal with substantive challenges whilst simultaneously handling inevitable public criticism.