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Follow *the* science? On the marginal role of the social sciences in the COVID-19 pandemic

Lohse, Simon and Canali, Stefano (2021) Follow *the* science? On the marginal role of the social sciences in the COVID-19 pandemic. [Preprint]

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In this paper, we use the case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe to address the question of what kind of knowledge we should incorporate into public health policy. We show that policy-making in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic has been biomedicine-centric in that its evidential basis marginalised input from non-biomedical disciplines. We then argue that in particular the social sciences could contribute essential expertise and evidence to public health policy in times of biomedical emergencies and that we should thus strive for a tighter integration of the social sciences in future evidence-based policy-making. This demand faces challenges on different levels, which we identify and discuss as potential inhibitors for a more pluralistic evidential basis.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lohse, Simonsimon.lohse@uni-luebeck.de0000-0002-4119-1929
Canali, Stefanostefano.canali@polimi.it0000-0002-5948-3874
Keywords: public health, scientific expertise, pluralism, interdisciplinarity, evidence-based policy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: S. Lohse
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 18:44
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 18:44
Item ID: 19577
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 15 September 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19577

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