In Defence of Political Theory: Impact and Opportunities

Political Studies Review 11(2): 209-215, 2013

Posted: 22 Feb 2013 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013

Date Written: February 13, 2013


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.

Keywords: Impact, Public Policy, Praxis, Political Theory, Higher Education Policy

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Brooks, Thom, In Defence of Political Theory: Impact and Opportunities (February 13, 2013). Political Studies Review 11(2): 209-215, 2013, Available at SSRN:

Thom Brooks (Contact Author)

Durham University ( email )

Durham Law School
Durham University
Durham, County Durham DH1 3ET
United Kingdom
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