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Queen's University

The Role of the Policy Advisor: An Insider's Look

Edited by Nadia Verrelli


On 18 October 2007, as part of the Conference in Honour of Ronald L. Watts Principal Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Queen's University, a session was held in which prominent academics explored the role of policy advisors in the policy-making process. Specifically, they drew on their experiences as policy advisors to consider various issues ranging from factors that influence the effectiveness of experts in the policy-making process, to the accountability of expert advisors when making recommendations to policy makers This book is a compilation of the papers delivered by the six panellists together with the highlights of the discussion among members of the panel and the audience, and Dr. Watts's concluding remarks as rapporteur. In what proved to be an enlightening and thoughtful session, the panellists and rapporteur provided considerable insight on the role of expert advisors in the policy-making process. Considering first, the importance of policy advisors and the potential role they play in the policy-making process; second, the substantial sums of public money spent to solicit advice to facilitate the formulation and improve the quality of public policy; and third, the dearth of literature on the topic, we believe readers will find much here that is both relevant and useful.



62 pages ISBN: 978-1-55339-193-7, 2008  

Price: $14.95


This publication is available from:

The Institute of Intergovernmental Relations
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-2080
Fax: (613) 533-6868


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000