1st Edition

Expertise, Policy-making and Democracy

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a concise and accessible introduction to debates about expertise, policy-making and democracy. It uniquely combines an overview of recent research on the policy role of experts with discussions in political philosophy and the philosophy of expertise. Starting with the fact that well-functioning democracies require experts and expert knowledge, the book examines two types of objections against granting experts a larger role in policy-making: concerns that focus on the nature and limits of expert knowledge, and those that concentrate on tensions between expertization and democracy. With this, the book discusses how expert arrangements can be organized to ensure the epistemic qualities of policies and democratic credentials, at the same time.

    The book will be of interest to scholars and students of political theory and democracy, public policy and administration, and to anyone interested in the role of expertise in society.


    1. The Fact of Expertise

    2. Expertise in Policy-Making

    3. Expertise in Democracy

    4. Epistemic Worries about Expertise

    5. Democratic Worries about Expertise

    6. Designing Expert Bodies: A Systemic Perspective


    Johan Christensen is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

    Cathrine Holst is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Anders Molander is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Professions at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.