Williams, Owen

Owen Williams
Start date:
October 2016
Research Topic:
Exploring the Role of Experts within Multi Level Governance in Wales and Francophone Canada
Research Supervisor:
Dr Dion Curry
Supervising school:
College of Arts and Humanities,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

The role of experts within the political process has been questioned by several senior politicians in recent times.

This study aims to explore these claims by hypothesising that experts (in the guise of epistemic communities) are a significant factor in the shaping of multi-level governance arrangements. It is also hypothesised that expert participation in the policymaking process actually enhances perceptions of the legitimation of subsequent policies.

A comparative case study approach based upon policies relevant to subnational actors within Wales and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Québec will aim to identify the nature of epistemic community influence. This influence will be gauged relative to native-language preferences to understand the extent to which experts can overcome boundaries of identity to legitimate policy.

It is hoped this will lead to a new theoretical approach to understanding multi-level governance arrangements and highlight the importance of expert involvement in policymaking.