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Title: The problem of political science and practical politics
Authors: Donovan, C
Larkin, P
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Politics, 26(1): 11 - 17, Feb 2006
Abstract: We reflect on the reasons why there is not a greater and more fruitful relationship between those who seek to understand policy and the political process from academia and those with a similar task in ‘practical politics’. We attribute this lack of engagement to three core factors: (1) from without, instrumental government visions of political science perpetuate the view that the discipline exists to serve those with power; (2) from within, scientism and abstraction diminish the discipline's stock of ‘usable’ product for ‘practical politics’; and (3) where relevant research exists, its uptake is hampered by limited communication between these spheres.
Description: Copyright @ 2006 The Authors
ISSN: 1467-9256
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Health Economics Research Group (HERG)
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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