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Policy Research: Some Reflections on Theory and Practice

Hollis, R. (2015). Policy Research: Some Reflections on Theory and Practice. Middle East Law and Governance, 7(3), pp. 391-372. doi: 10.1163/18763375-00703005


This essay reflects on the enterprise of policy research, considering its audience and purpose in a climate of political inaction. The author draws upon an extensive professional history of working in the policy sector in the UK and reflecting about its remit from an academic vantage point. Drawing upon the case studies featured in this issue on Syria’s refugee crisis, the author poses fundamental questions about the limits of policy research by reflecting the methods employed in policy research and the institutional and political climate in which such research is undertaken.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Brill Academic Publishers 2015.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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