Behavioural Expertise: Drift, Thrift, and Shift under COVID-19

Joram Feistma, Mark Whitehead

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

2 Dyfyniadau (Scopus)
51 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Many government responses to the coronavirus-pandemic have been marked by attempts at expertization and scientization. Particularly, politico-epistemological authority is being given to the behavioural science community consulting government. This article critically scrutinizes this most recent wave of behavioural expertization. Taking developments in the UK and the Netherlands as our case-studies, we shed light on the disparate ways in which behavioural ex- pertise is being (re)shaped during COVID-19. Some of these ways point at processes of behav- ioural expertise ‘drift’, in which the applicability and robustness of this knowledge source gets overstated. Other ways instead point at processes of behavioural expertise ‘thrift’ or ‘shift’, where the knowledge is used only minimally or taken in wholly new and norm-breaking direc- tions. Doing so, we seek to demonstrate the importance of institutional context in understand- ing how behavioural expertise is currently shaping public policy: underpinning institutional configurations determine whether the expertise is gauged and applied effectively.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)149-170
Nifer y tudalennau22
CyfnodolynInternational Review of Public Policy
Rhif cyhoeddi2
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Tach 2022

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