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Global Knowledge Networks and International Development

Book/book chapter

Written by Simon Maxwell

Making ideas count in policy has become a key issue for both researchers and policy-makers, and in both developed and developing countries. This volume provides a coherent examination of how, why and to what extent research informs policy in the field of international development. Drawn from think-tanks, academia and development agencies, the contributors provide case histories of how research has informed local, national and global policy. They investigate how development agencies have promoted the development potential of research, and outline various methods and techniques of policy entrepreneurship. The book has three key elements: It provides an authoritative overview of the concepts and theories associated with the complex link between research and development; It illustrates the complexity, with case studies of projects bridging research and policy-makers from all over the world. These are provided by individual researchers from Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, and also by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington DC; It offers practical guidance to researchers and policy-makers. The book contains the foundation for a manual on policy entrepreneurship in international development. Global Knowledge Networks and International Development will interest students, researchers and policy-makers concerned with global policy, knowledge utilisation, global governance and development.

edited by Diane Stone (University of Warwick) and Simon Maxwell