Experts, publics and open policy-making: Opening the windows and doors of Whitehall
Open policy-making is the explicit articulation of an inescapable trend in the future direction of policy-making and Civil Service reform. This is partly a result of changes in the expectations of citizens, and partly the result of technological changes, both of which mean that institutions are being scrutinised ever more closely.
These themes were explored in a Sciencewise seminar earlier this year. The seminar explored a range of questions raised by the Coalition Government’s moves to open up policy-making.
This paper draws on the presentations and participants’ contributions during the seminar to explore the potential for, and barriers to, more public voice within policy-making.