Can policy forums overcome echo chamber effects by enabling policy learning? : Evidence from the Irish climate change policy network

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Wagner , P & Ylä-Anttila , M T 2020 , ' Can policy forums overcome echo chamber effects by enabling policy learning? Evidence from the Irish climate change policy network ' , Journal of Public Policy , vol. 40 , no. 2 , PII S0143814X18000314 , pp. 194-211 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0143814X18000314

Title: Can policy forums overcome echo chamber effects by enabling policy learning? : Evidence from the Irish climate change policy network
Author: Wagner, Paul; Ylä-Anttila, Matti Tuomas
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Political Science
Date: 2020-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of Public Policy
ISSN: 0143-814X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317295
Abstract: Research has repeatedly shown that individuals and organisations tend to obtain information from others whose beliefs are similar to their own, forming “echo chambers” with their network ties. Echo chambers are potentially harmful for evidence-based policymaking as they can hinder policy learning and consensus building. Policy forums could help alleviate the effects of echo chambers if organisations with different views were to participate and to use the opportunities that forums provide to learn from those outside their networks. Applying exponential random graph models on survey data of the Irish climate change policy network, we find that policy actors do indeed tend to obtain policy advice from those whose beliefs are similar to their own. We also find that actors tend not to obtain policy advice from the those that they encounter at policy forums, suggesting forums are not enabling policy learning.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
5171 Political Science
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