alexa The Policy-Theory Relationship

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The Policy-Theory Relationship

The relevance of knowledge to practice has always been fundamental in the examination of the utility of the university to the society in which it is embedded. As a result, politicians as well as the general public wish to know whether knowledge produced in a university setting can be used to promote the goals or serve the needs of the society broadly defined. Central to this concern is the relationship between theory and policy.
One of the main goals of the Journal of Political Science and Public Affairs (JPSPA) is to provide a forum where scholarship meets the needs of practitioners. Consequently, this inaugural editorial will seek to address the theory-policy relationship. Although its focus will be on International Relations, which constitutes my own specialization, similar or even identical concerns can be raised for the field of Political Science as a whole.
Christopher Hill outlines five noteworthy questions about the relationship between policy-making and scholarship. First, to what extent do policy-makers and practitioners define and approach problems in the similar ways? In other words, do theorists and policymakers in speak the same language? Do they frame questions in the same terms and apply the same importance to the same aspects of debates?
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