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Research and policy in ethnic relationsCompromised dynamics in a neoliberal era$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314899.001.0001

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The value of research for local authorities

The value of research for local authorities

a practitioner perspective

(p.159) Seven The value of research for local authorities
Research and policy in ethnic relations

Stan Kidd

Tony Reeves

Policy Press

Written from the perspective of senior officers of a major English metropolitan authority, this chapter offers an insight into the challenge of seeking to service the needs of a diverse citizenry whilst simultaneously negotiating draconian budget cuts. In this context the need for research intelligence with instrumental utility is revealed as an absolute priority. This chapter provides a perspective on the potential cross-over of values between local authority personnel committed to ‘serving the needs and protecting the interests of our communities and the aspirations of researchers informed by a commitment to public engagement. At the same time it also painfully suggests reasons why this possibility may not easily be realised.

Keywords:   Statutory and policy context, Diverse communities, Managing ‘social cohesion’, Relevance of academic research, Instrumental utility

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