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...s broaden and effect a greater number of actors, the complexity of the policy approach can no longer be effectively addressed by evidence based policy-making alone. Changing governments, their interests, or the timeframe in which a policy decision is required, can hinder the process in which evidence based policy-making requires. These difficulties culminate into a mixed approach where evidence based approaches and the political alternative are necessary. The changing demands and nature of “the politics of decision-making inherently involves a mixing of science, value preferences, and practical judgements about the feasibility and legitimacy of policy choices” (Head, pp.89). A shifting towards one end of the spectrum of policy-making is inherently flawed. A combination of different and innovative policy approaches is necessary in order to strike a desired equilibrium.
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