New Paper on the Political Functions of Independent Commissions

A new paper co-authored with Alistair Hunter has just been published in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Building on earlier work on the symbolic uses of expert knowledge, the paper explores the different political uses of independent commissions on immigration/integration policy in the UK. It compares the role of three commissions set up or supported by the Labour Government in 2000-2007: the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (Parekh Report); the Community Cohesion Review (Cantle Report); and the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. The paper finds that these commissions played a variety of roles in informing and legitimising policy: not only did they provide insights to influence policy, they helped substantiate government policy preferences and signaled the government was taking action in response to focusing events.

The research was carried out as part of the Volkswagen Foundation project on the role of research in European integration policies, coordinated by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Access the paper here…

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