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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Academic research and public policy

Academic research and public policy

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(p.283) Eighteen Academic research and public policy
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Policy Analysis In Australia
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Brian Head

James Walter

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0018

Academic researchers sometimes seek to influence policy debate but are more closely involved in documenting the exercise of political power, the causes of policy change, and debates over policy reform. This chapter examines several types of policy-related research and how academic policy advice and research findings have been accepted as inputs into the policy process. It has often been claimed that academics and policy practitioners are distinctive communities, and that bridging the gap is extremely difficult. Nevertheless, there has been a notable increase in dialogue and exchange, and several academics have become prominent as policy advisors or commentators. The incentives and barriers to academic engagement in contemporary policy debates are outlined. The chapter concludes by considering how the institutional and cultural gaps between the research sector and policy-makers can be most effectively bridged.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, research impact, research relevance, research policy relationships, policy entrepreneurs

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