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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Dubious Role of Research-Based Evidence in the Gun Debate

Please join the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management for a discussion with Philip J. Cook, the ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. After nearly four decades conducting research, Cook has reached certain conclusions that are relevant to the design and evaluation of gun policy.  There is no consensus on the issue, and several prominent scholars have reached contradictory conclusions.   In the public forum, there seems to be much more demand for the conclusions of others and less for those of Cook. Further, the normal way of resolving scientific disagreement -- replication and review by reputable scientists -- has had little influence in this forum.  The result is that gun policy is being made partly on the basis of "evidence," but that evidence could be uncertain or flat-out wrong.   In the end, Cook believes this scenario raises questions about the possibility of "evidence based policy" in highly contentious policy areas. Introduction by Bruce Western and response by Alex Keyssar. Light refreshments will be served. Monday, November 18 at 2:00 PMT-102 WAPPP Cason Conference RoomHarvard Kennedy School

  • Location:
    T-102 WAPPP Cason Conference Room
  • Date:
    Monday, November 18, 2013
  • Time:
    2:00 PM

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