Only connect: Why government often ignores research

Lawrence M. Mead

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    Most academic research on public policy achieves little influence in government. The disconnect reflects the different ways researchers and government learn about policy. In social policy, typically, scholars make rigorous but narrow arguments about how to improve social conditions while saying little about politics or government. Policymakers, however, reason in broader, integrative ways and pay more attention to program experience and institutions. Evaluations have influence in part because they serve the governmental style. By reasoning more like policymakers, scholars could have greater influence. But to make that connection, the teaching of public policy and academic incentives must change.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)257-272
    Number of pages16
    JournalPolicy Sciences
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 29 2015


    • Policy analysis
    • Policy learning
    • Social policy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Social Sciences
    • Public Administration
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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