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Evidence-Based Policy


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Acknowledgments Preface: Do You Want to Read this Book? Putting our Conclusions First Part I: Getting Started: From `It Worked There' to `It Will Work Here'. Chapter I.A: What's in This Book and Why Chapter I.B: The Theory that Backs up What We Say Part II: Paving the Road from 'There' to 'Here' Chapter II.A: Support Factors: Causal Cakes and their Ingredients Chapter II.B: Causal Roles: Shared and Unshared Part III: Strategies for Finding What You Need to Know Chapter III.A: Where We are and Where We are Going Chapter III.B: Four Strategies Part IV: RCTs, Evidence-Ranking Schemes, and Fidelity Chapter IV.A: Where We are and Where We are Going Chapter IV.B: What are RCTs Good For? Chapter IV.C: Evidence-Ranking Schemes, Advice Guides, and Choosing Effective Policies Chapter IV.D: Fidelity Part V: Deliberation is not Second Best Chapter V.A: Where We are and Where We are Going Chapter V.B: Centralization and Discretion Part VI: Conclusion Appendix I: Representing Causal Processes Appendix II: The Munro Review Appendix III: CCTV and Car Theft Notes References Index

About the Author

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at UC-San Diego and London School of Economics. Jeremy Hardie is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and a Fellow of King's College London; he is also Vice President of the Royal Economic Society, and was Chairman of the WH Smith Group from 1992 to 2010.


"Nancy Cartwright and Jeremy Hardie are to be complimented. In their new book, Evidence-Based Policy, the authors have attempted to address a serious problem in policy design... In the process, they do a number of things very well, including debunking the notion that randomized clinical trials are the gold standard for solving all problems in all situations... In addition, they spend a lot of time helping the reader understand why a particular approach to policy design may work well in one venue but not in another." --Health Affairs

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