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Toward a new modus vivendi between academic research and practical social policy

  • Wsevolod W. Isajiw
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Abstract

Related to globalization and the economic changes that have rapidly taken place in recent years has been a move toward closer rapprochement between academia and society in general and a greater involvement of universities in applied, policy-oriented social research. This trend can be expected to intensify in the future. In this process, the differences between purely academic and applied, policy-oriented research can and do become easily blurred. This article highlights the essential differences between the two types of research and points out how they can be supportive of each other, but concludes that for the benefit of both it is important that the boundaries between the two are maintained. It also claims that a relationship where there is close cooperation while boundaries are maintained is possible and meaningful only when certain broader societal values are pursued.

Key words

Academic research applied research policy oriented research social policy globalization 

Résumé

Parallèlement à la mondialisation et aux changements économiques qui se sont imposés rapidement au cours des dernières années, est apparu un mouvement en faveur d’un rapprochement plus étroit entre le monde universitaire et la société en général et une plus grande participation des universités dans la recherche sociale appliquée et axée sur les politiques publiques. Cette tendance devrait s’accentuer à l’avenir. Dans ce processus, les différences entre la recherche purement universitaire et la recherche appliquée et axée sur les politiques publiques peuvent facilement s’embrouiller et de fait elles s’embrouillent. Cet article fait ressortir les différences essentielles entre ces deux types de recherche et montre comment elles peuvent s’appuyer l’une l’autre, mais conclut que pour le bénéfice des deux, il est important que les frontières entre elles soient maintenues. L’auteur indique également qu’il est possible d’établir une relation significative entre les deux types de recherche, lorsqu’une étroite coopération existe et que les frontières sont maintenues, seulement si certaines valeurs sociétales plus vastes sont défendues.

Mots-clefs

recherche purement universitaire recherche appliquée recherche axée sur les politiques publiques politiques publiques globalisation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wsevolod W. Isajiw
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  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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