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The urgency of (not necessarily) policy-oriented research: the example of power devolution and natural resource management in North-West Pakistan


Geiser, Urs (2005). The urgency of (not necessarily) policy-oriented research: the example of power devolution and natural resource management in North-West Pakistan. In: Sustainable Development Policy Institute. Sustainable development: Bridging the research/policy gaps in southern contexts. Vol. 1: Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 67-76.

Abstract

Research needs to be policy-oriented. But at times, researchers need to take the liberty to undertake 'policy irrelevant research' (A. Zaidi) - i.e. to use a research space within which policies themselves and their underlying assumptions can be critically questioned and debated. The present paper argues for such intellectual space taking the example of decentralization and power devolution. At the level of policy-orientation, researchers for example can study the performance of related ventures, in order to recommend potential improvements to the policy-makers. At a more basic level though, researchers need to ask for the pre-conditions that make decentralization and power devolution such a powerful discourse today. Among others, this leads to the question of state-subject relations.

Abstract

Research needs to be policy-oriented. But at times, researchers need to take the liberty to undertake 'policy irrelevant research' (A. Zaidi) - i.e. to use a research space within which policies themselves and their underlying assumptions can be critically questioned and debated. The present paper argues for such intellectual space taking the example of decentralization and power devolution. At the level of policy-orientation, researchers for example can study the performance of related ventures, in order to recommend potential improvements to the policy-makers. At a more basic level though, researchers need to ask for the pre-conditions that make decentralization and power devolution such a powerful discourse today. Among others, this leads to the question of state-subject relations.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:25 Sep 2013 12:55
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 22:39
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Number:Vol. 1
ISBN:0-19-597978-8
Related URLs:http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780195979787.do#.UkGFf7_9vuU (Publisher)

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