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date: 08 May 2021

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Expertise is of great value within and for government, which seeks to influence complex situations through the use of complex policy interventions. The framing of expertise in government, however, is not immune to popular narratives that we are all experts now and that all perspectives on an issue are of equal value, irrespective of who proposes them. This chapter describes the nature of government work and its challenges; the overlap between expertise, evidence, and values; how expertise has been considered over time in government, and the difficulty in identifying who the expert is. We then reconsider whether expertise is under threat, and identify research gaps that if addressed would support the further professionalization of the policy function in government.

Keywords: policy, translation, knowledge, practice, government

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