Knowledge-based policy, or politicized knowledge?

Debate | suitable for youth/adults

Politicians like to state that their policies are based on knowledge and independent research. Academia likes to state that their research is free and unaffected by politics. But it that true? How good are politicians to gain neutral knowledge? Can we rely on the researchers not to be influenced by their own political and ideological beliefs, or for that matter, by knowing what results politicians want? What can the research actually contribute to policy development, and are there political questions where even all the world’s research and knowledge cannot give a clear answer?

Panel: Kristin Clemet (Civita) and Bjarne Foss (Prorektor for forskning)

Moderator: Siv Sandvik

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