Analyses of public policy regularly express certitude about the consequences of alternative policy choices. Yet policy predictions often are fragile, with conclusions resting on critical unsupported assumptions or leaps of logic. Then the certitude of policy analysis is not credible. I develop a typology of incredible analytical practices and gives illustrative cases. I call these practices conventional certitude, dueling certitudes, conflating science and advocacy, wishful extrapolation, illogical certitude, and media overreach.
Policy analysis with incredible certitude (a Leverhulme Lecture by Charles Manski)
Date & Time
From: 9 February 2011
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS