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Molding Minds That Form Policy: How to Make Research Useful
Södertörn University, School of Political Science, Economics and Law, Political science.
Uppsala University and Swedish National Defence College.
2005 (English)In: International Studies Perspectives, ISSN 1528-3577, E-ISSN 1528-3585, Vol. 6, no 1, 51-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How can policy-relevant ideas be effectively communicated to practitioners? While the existing literature has focused on what kind of theory and research are policy relevant, it does not say much about how this knowledge can be communicated. If you want to make a difference, you must know how to reach your target. We take note of the important, but in this context often overlooked opportunities for knowledge diffusion that are provided by the education of young minds and the training of mid-career officials and officers. This article first discusses three contending perspectives on the relationship between scholars and practitioners. It then makes a conceptual elaboration of conditions for communicating research to practitioners, drawing on a wide body of literature on the power of ideas. We conclude by summarizing pointers for how scholars may reflect and how we can act, if we wish to enrich foreign policy practice with research-based ideas.

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2005. Vol. 6, no 1, 51-71 p.
Keyword [en]
policy relevance, teaching and training, theory and practice
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7141DOI: 10.1111/j.1528-3577.2005.00193.xScopusID: 2-s2.0-13844266093OAI: diva2:405089
Available from: 2011-03-21 Created: 2011-03-21 Last updated: 2014-04-16Bibliographically approved

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