Abstract - The Information Society 23(1)

Reflections on the academic policy analysis process and the UK Identity Cards Scheme

Edgar A. Whitley, Ian R Hosein, Ian O. Angell, Simon Davies

There is an increasing rhetoric from politicians for universities to become more involved in policy analysis and policy research. In this paper, we reflect on our experiences of the analysis we conducted into the legislation to introduce biometric identity cards in the United Kingdom. We highlight how our work had direct consequences for the ongoing policy deliberation around this controversial piece of legislation. In particular, we highlight our role in the debate surrounding the government's figures for identity fraud and the concerns about the likely cost of the scheme to the government and taxpayer. We end the paper by discussing some of the practical realities of such a foray into real politik.


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