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18:30 31 January 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Albert Weale: Public Policy and the Democratic Intellect


Gustave Tuck lecture theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Albert Weale, UCL Department of Political Science

Public policy is a deliberative process. That is to say, it requires reasoning from decision premisses to a practical conclusion. But what does this involve in a democratic society, particularly when issues are controversial such as the setting of health care priorities or the determination of environmental standards? This lecture advances the claim that what is needed is a democratic intellect, involving public processes of reasoning that are both capable of replication and sensitive to the details of particular circumstances. Some illustrations are given as well as conclusions drawn about the character of a university education in public policy.


Felicity Stafford
+44 (0)207 679 1350 | f.stafford@ucl.ac.uk


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Albert Weale