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What is the Impact of Political Theory?

Brooks, Thom

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I am very grateful for the contributions by Andrew Vincent, James Alexander and John Dunn to this symposium on ‘impact’ and political theory. Their papers provide insightful perspectives and different critical engagements with my recent piece for this journal. Their reflections force me to revisit my central argument that the impact agenda unveiled in the United Kingdom's new Research Excellence Framework (REF) need not be the negative development for political theorists that many fear – and perhaps even that it should be embraced.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 16, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2017
Journal Political Studies Review
Print ISSN 1478-9299
Publisher Political Studies Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 500-505
Keywords Research Excellence Framework REF, Impact, Political theory.
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This is the accepted version of the following article: Brooks, T. (2015), What is the Impact of Political Theory?. Political Studies Review, 13(4): 500-505, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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