Type: Contribution to book
What is a policy scholar for?
Anis Ben BRIK and Leslie PAL (eds), The future of the policy sciences, Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, New Horizons in Public Policy, pp. 163-179
DUNLOP, Claire, RADAELLI, Claudio M., What is a policy scholar for?, in Anis Ben BRIK and Leslie PAL (eds), The future of the policy sciences, Northampton : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, New Horizons in Public Policy, pp. 163-179 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71841
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Policy research has generated profound insights on the policy process. However, the granularity of policy research makes it difficult to integrate policy analysis into the ‘big questions’ facing the vision of the open society, such as democratic backsliding, corruption, the polarization of electorates, the de-legitimization of expertise, and the fault-lines between governments and citizens. By integrating different dimensions, from public health to the economy and human rights, the COVID-19 pandemic has urged our discipline to identify novel responses and new approaches to tackle the big questions. This new ambition of policy research must find an anchor in a reflection on our roles as researchers, questioning our vision, tasks, and role in society: what is a policy scholar for? This is for us, reflective scholars, the truly big question behind all the other ‘big questions’ that open societies face today. We outline the coordinates of a possible answer by looking closely at five key verbs that define the role of the policy scholar: learning, analysing, advising, empowering and reflecting. In the conclusions, we discuss the ways in which enabling these actions can expand our public policy imagination and professional relevance.
Published online 17 June 2021
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71841
Full-text via DOI: 10.4337/9781800376489.00017
Publisher: Edward Elgar