The Sié Center's Responsible Engagement Initiative and this Ethics of Engagement forum join a variety of other initiatives on policy engagement. We engage with this converstion in both academic journals and blogs such as The Monkey Cage, Political Violence @ a Glance, and Duck of Minerva.
Below you will find all publications related to our work on responsible engagement.
The Cult of the Relevant: International Relations Scholars and Policy Engagement Beyond the Ivory Tower
Cullen S. Hendrix, Julia Macdonald, Ryan Powers, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney
IR scholars think Moscow is likely to sue military force, but they suggest Washington should exercise restraint; Irene Entringer Garcia Blanes, Ryan Powers, Susan Peterson, Michael J. Tierney, January 31, 2022
In recent years, there has been a growing concern that academia-and social science especially-is increasingly irrelevant to the policy community. Political scientists like Michael Desch, as well as NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof, have bemoaned the privileging of rigor over relevance in social science research and disciplinary incentives that reward sophisticated, inaccessible methods over work that engages real world problems.
Is a mixed-member pluraity (MMP) system the "best" system for a post-Electoral College U.S.?
Should academics openly acknowledge their biases, such as political commitments?
When sharing unpopular findings, what obligations (if any) do scholars have when policymakers do not care to hear the message?
When engaging with policy audiences and organizations, how can one be truthful when telling the whole truth may be counterproductive?
Important reflections on prosocial lying by economists - can it ever be admissible?
The world needs experts to engage with policy more than ever. Research shows international relations scholars are already up to the task.
When the team at the Sié Center introduced our program on Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility: Promoting Ethical Approaches to Policy Engagement, we set out to help scholars navigate the sometimes murky waters of policy engagement (or "broader impacts") in which funding agencies and universities are increasingly asking them to swim. When we take an active role in affecting policy outcomes, we onboard some responsibility for those outcomes.
Suggestions on bridging the academic-policy divide featuring an academic's perspectives and policy input from Col. Christopher Mayer (U.S. Army, retired) at the Department of Defense.