As someone who plans to straddle the academic/policy divide I found Drezner’s (over at FP) recent post quite interesting. Here is an excerpt:
I think the academic/policy divide has been wildly overblown, but here’s my modest suggestion on how to bridge it even further. First, wonks should flip through at recent issues of APSR and ISQ — and hey, peruse International Organization, International Security, and World Politics while you’re at it. You’d find a lot of good, trenchant, policy-adjacent stuff. Second, might I suggest that authors at these journals be allowed to write a second abstract — and abstract for policymakers, if you will? Even the most jargonesed academic should be able to pull off one paragraph of clean prose. Finally, wonks should not be frightened by statistics. That is by far the dominant “technical” barrier separating these articles from general interest reader.
For a slightly different view of social science and its relevance check out this piece by Clarke and Primo over at the Times.