14. EXPERT ADVISORY BODIES FOR POLICYMAKERS

TYPES

n     1. Permanent Advisory Bodies

n     2. Temporary Blue-Ribbon Commissions

 

WHAT ARE THEY?

n     Appointed by the government for independent advice on policy issues.

 

WHAT IS THEIR ROLE?

n     They vary in mandate, agenda and appointment.

n     Germany’s Council of Economic Experts is charged with a broad mandate, whereas many advisory bodies are limited to single issues such arts or science policy.

 

SITUATIONS IN WHICH THEY WORK

n     Advisory bodies are afforded substantial leeway over their own agenda

n     Studies are undertaken only on request by government.

n     Members of these bodies are appointed solely by government

n     Interest groups have inputs as well.

 

TEMPORARY BLUE-RIBBON COMMISSIONS

n     What are they?

n     Created as an alternative to creating permanent advisory body, to investigate a particular problem.

n     What is it?

n     Membership of temporary blue-ribbon commissions tend to include prominent citizens with some claim to expertise and representatives of groups affected by the policy area.

n     The breadth of mandate can vary, as can how governments use them.

n     They do, however, tend to have a clear mission and limited time frame.

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