Article

How Should Academics Engage in Policymaking to Achieve Impact?

Citation

Cairney P & Oliver K (2020) How Should Academics Engage in Policymaking to Achieve Impact?. Political Studies Review, 18 (2), pp. 228-244. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918807714

Abstract
This article reviews the advice from the academic and 'grey' literatures to identify a list of dos and don'ts for academics seeking 'impact' from their research. From 'how to do it' sources, we identify consistent advice on how to engage effectively, largely because it is necessarily vague, safe, and focused primarily on individuals. We then consider the wider policymaking system in which actors make political choices and have unequal access to impact opportunities. We identify the effort it takes to have actual policy impact and how far academics should be expected to go to secure and take credit for it.

Keywords
Political Science and International Relations; Sociology and Political Science;

Journal
Political Studies Review: Volume 18, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date01/05/2020
Publication date online16/11/2018
Date accepted by journal21/09/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28282
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN1478-9299
eISSN1478-9302