Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

Knowledge generation and policy: Bahá’í perspectives and emerging knowledge communities in China

How do citizen groups influence policy, particularly in political contexts with few channels for grassroots input? Emerging scholarship shows how knowledge—or epistemic power—shapes political decision making, supplementing interest-based explanations. Bahá’í texts emphasize the centrality of knowledge to collective life, and the global Bahá’í community has been accumulating experience with localized knowledge generation. This paper discusses cross-sector knowledge communities in China that generate knowledge and advocate around specific policy issues, infusing knowledge into power structures.

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