The Power of Ideas (Over Evidence)
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It is not usually a single finding or the recommendation derived from a single study that is adopted in executive of legislative action (although this occasionally happens). [...] Instead, what seems to happen is that generalizations and ideas from a number of studies come into currency indirectly — through articles in academic journals of opinion, stories in the media, the advice of consultants, lobbying by special interest groups, conversations with colleagues, attendance at conferences or training programmes, and other uncatalogued sources. Ideas from research are picked up in diverse ways and percolate through to officeholders in many offices who deal with the issues.
(Weiss 1982: p. 622)
KeywordsHealth Inequality Tobacco Control Tobacco Industry Causal Belief Reduce Health Inequality
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