Knowledge, Policy and Power in International Development

A Practical Guide

Harry Jones, Nicola Jones, Louise Shaxson, and David Walker

Knowledge, Policy and Power in International Development

Harry Jones, Nicola Jones, Louise Shaxson, and David Walker

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447300953 Published May 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447300960 Published May 2012 For sale in North and South America only

An illuminating look at the relationship between knowledge, policy, and power, this book scrutinizes the problems that hamper attempts to bring knowledge to bear on policy, such as difficulties in analyzing political contexts, persistent power imbalances between involved parties, ignorance of different types of knowledge, and misconceptions of the role of intermediaries. Most importantly, the authors provide strategies for negotiating this complex terrain, allowing readers to contribute to policy discussions, influence policy change, and implement policies and programs more effectively.

List of boxes, figures and tables
List of acronyms

1. Navigating the knowledge–policy landscape
Understanding the links between knowledge, policy and power in development
    The key contributions of this book
    Organisation of the book
2. Mapping political context
Defining political context
    Unpacking political context mapping frameworks
    Mapping knowledge–policy linkages across political contexts
    Implications for knowledge–policy interactions and managing power relations
3. Engaging actors
Understanding different actors’ behaviour at the knowledge–policy interface
    Analysing actors’ behaviour: the interests, values and credibility framework
    Engaging with actors’ interests, values and beliefs
4. Integrating different types of knowledge
Understanding the role of knowledge at the knowledge–policy interface
    The power dynamics underlying the uptake of different types of knowledge in policy processes
    Practical implications: using different types of knowledge in policy
5. Facilitating knowledge interaction
Knowledge at the boundary—some key terms
    Knowledge interaction: six different functions
    Planning, implementing and monitoring knowledge interaction
6. Conclusion and policy implications
Messages for knowledge producers
    Messages for knowledge users
    Messages for knowledge intermediaries
    Messages for donors
    Where next?

Review Quotes
Brian Head, University of Queensland
"This book provides many insights into how researchers and practitioners can work better together in addressing complex policy issues. The conceptual approach is very helpful in making sense of the intersection between knowledge and policy, research and practice, and the book has great value for wider audiences in policy studies and social research.”
Fred Carden, International Development Research Centre, Canada

“Pfeffer describes politics as the study of power in action.  This book takes this view seriously and brings an important and new perspective to bear on the knowledge to policy debate.”

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