Dimensions of Impact in the Social Sciences
The Case of Social Policy, Sociology and Political Science Research

Six: Dimension 4: Taking the long view: looking back over 40 years of Social Policy


Based on 16 interviews with Social Policy Professors on the impact and influence they have had (or not had) over their professional lifecourse, the chapter picks up on themes set out in chapter 2 about the feasibility of academics influencing policy-making and highlights the role of luck, (often international) collaboration, the role of mentors and a strong emphasis on epistemic communities.

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