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What is the impact of political theory?

Brooks, Thom (2015) 'What is the impact of political theory?', Political studies review., 13 (4). pp. 500-505.


I am very grateful for the contributions by Andrew Vincent, James Alexander and John Dunn to this symposium on ‘impact’ and political theory. Their papers provide insightful perspectives and different critical engagements with my recent piece for this journal. Their reflections force me to revisit my central argument that the impact agenda unveiled in the United Kingdom's new Research Excellence Framework (REF) need not be the negative development for political theorists that many fear – and perhaps even that it should be embraced.

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Keywords:Research Excellence Framework REF, Impact, Political theory.
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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Brooks, T. (2015), What is the Impact of Political Theory?. Political Studies Review, 13(4): 500-505, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:16 February 2015
Date deposited:24 February 2015
Date of first online publication:November 2015
Date first made open access:09 October 2017

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