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Recording: How expert advice shapes government decisions

This podcast by The Institute for Government, a UK think tank, explores how expert advice shapes decisions in government. It uses the COVID-19 pandemic as an example and also refers to other topics such as climate change.

 

It discusses:

  • Who decides the agreed scientific view?
  • What happens when it changes? 
  • How does expert scientific advice shape political decision making?
  • What happens when Government ministers decide to ignore, or overrule, scientific advice?

Listen here. See also the Foodsource chapter What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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