Do policy makers use academic research? Reexamining the "Two Communities" theory of research utilization

Newman, Joshua, Cherney, Adrian and Head, Brian W. (2016) Do policy makers use academic research? Reexamining the "Two Communities" theory of research utilization. Public Administration Review, 76 1: 24-32. doi:10.1111/puar.12464


Author Newman, Joshua
Cherney, Adrian
Head, Brian W.
Title Do policy makers use academic research? Reexamining the "Two Communities" theory of research utilization
Journal name Public Administration Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1540-6210
0033-3352
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/puar.12464
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 76
Issue 1
Start page 24
End page 32
Total pages 9
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Academics and policy makers in many Western countries are perceived as occupying separate communities, with distinct languages, values, and reward systems. However, data from a survey of more than 2,000 policy officials and 126 in-depth interviews with public servants in Australia suggest that the “two communities” conceptualization may be misleading and flawed. More realistically, there is a range of interaction between policy and academia, with some individuals valuing and using academic research more than others. Furthermore, this relationship is complicated by the internal division between the political and administrative components of the public policy process.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2016 Collection
 
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