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The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
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Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

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Observations on Whitehall and Academia

Observations on Whitehall and Academia

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The Art of Creating Power

Sir David Omand

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores a key facet of Freedman’s life as an academic – his work with policymakers and the scholarly connections between King’s College London and Whitehall that he developed. It explores the utility of academic research to policymakers, concluding that much of it has the potential to be of value. However, part of the problem is that the pace of life for politicians and civil servants is relentless, and the need for experts is often driven by unanticipated events. The relationship between the academy and policy makers can have genuine benefits, but isn’t always easy, particularly when evidence bases go against political will as was the case with ‘soft’ drugs. The chapter concludes by recognizing the role played by Freedman in pioneering links between Whitehall and the academy.

Keywords:   Whitehall, King’s College, Freedman, Academy, Policymakers

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