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In Defence of Political Theory: Impact and Opportunities

Brooks, Thom

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This essay will present the impact that political theory has made and the opportunities for future contributions. It will consider the contributions made by leading political theorists to policy debates, the lessons learned from their successes, and how political theorists might further pursue existing and new opportunities to develop impact. The discussion will close with consideration of several potential threats that theorists should become more aware of in order to best avoid them. The growing importance of impact in British higher education policy represents important challenges that may help promote the field of political theory. Political theorists should welcome these developments.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2013
Deposit Date Dec 11, 2012
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2013
Journal Political Studies Review
Print ISSN 1478-9299
Publisher Political Studies Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 209-215
Keywords Higher education, Impact, Political thought, Public policy, Stakeholding.
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This is the accepted version of the following article: Brooks, T. (2013), In Defence of Political Theory: Impact and Opportunities. Political Studies Review, 11(2): 209-215, 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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