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The problem of political science and practical politics

The problem of political science and practical politics

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 and Larkin, Philip (2006) The problem of political science and practical politics. Politics, 26 (1). pp. 11-17. ISSN 0263-3957 (Print), 1467-9256 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9256.2006.00246.x)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: political science, practical politics, research impact
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 09:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29620

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