The Power of Institutionalized Learning: The Uses and Practices of Commissions to Generate Policy Change

Marier, Patrik (2009)
Journal of European Public Policy, 16(8): 1204-1223.


This article analyses the conditions under which commissions succeed in influencing policy change. The paper tackles three questions: What do governments gain by establishing a commission? What are the tools employed by commissions in order to make their recommendations and ensure that their output will have political significance? And how do commissions influence policy outcomes? Five different types of influence are introduced and tested by focusing on the role of pension commissions in France, Sweden, and the UK.