Navigating the Unknown: Barriers to Evidence-Based Defence and Security Policy in the European Union

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Series Details Vol.52, No.1, March 2017, p88-99
Publication Date March 2017
ISSN 0393-2729
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At a time when Europe faces numerous crises, there is a real need for rigorous evidence to underpin effective policymaking. However, a gap between academia and policy creates clear obstacles in the use of evidence in policymaking.
Many of these enduring obstacles are manifest in the inherent differences between separate communities: academics have difficulty communicating research in an applicable manner, and policymakers, in turn, tend to focus on operational motivations.

The gap widens considerably when foreign, security and defence policy within the complex institutional structures of the European Union is considered.

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