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The Advisory Roles of Political Scientists in Europe

Comparing Engagements in Policy Advisory Systems

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  • Explores the role that political science academics play in advisory circles
  • Uses empirical data from a large-scale survey of almost 12,500 political scientists working across Europe
  • Considers how different findings can be explained by intra-national institutional differences
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About this book

This open access book centres on the advisory roles of political scientists in Europe. Based on a cross-national survey, the book offers a comparative analysis of the viewpoints and activities of university-based political scientists on external engagement. Political scientists in Europe appear more extrovert as academics than sometimes thought. In their professional functioning they engage in delivering knowledge and advice to all kinds of stakeholders in the policy process. This volume contains twelve in-depth country studies where different trends are visible, from political regime change to pressure for impact of academic work. The findings from this comparative analysis may inform our orientation on interaction between academics and their social and political environment, and what this means for education and training in university programs in political science. 

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. From Theory to Empirical Analysis of Advisory Roles

  2. Country Studies of Advisory Roles

  3. Patterns Across Countries in Europe


“How do academic experts try to influence public policy in an anti-intellectual age? This landmark study identifies four key approaches and reveals how one group of experts—political scientists—navigate their particular national contexts to promote evidence-based policy and enlarge public debates. The book spotlights key differences across European nations (as well as sadly predictable differences by gender), with important implications for democratic voice and governance.” (Kristin A. Goss, Duke University, USA) 
“Political scientists are concerned with the exercise of power, with special attention to responsibility, accountability and equitable outcomes. This systematic comparative study, based on detailed surveys, shows that political scientists are actively concerned to influence decision-makers and the general public. But their motivations, opportunities and constraints vary greatly across institutions and countries. This path-breaking book will ignite the debates about relevance and impact.” (Brian Head, University of Queensland, Australia) 

“Do political scientists matter? The policy advisory systems of many countries have now become quite structured and sophisticated providing many opening points for scientific advice. This volume shows how, when and why political scientist engagements with the political sphere can have ramifications for the direction of development of democracy and power. The boundary lines between experts and policy makers are not clearly marked out for all to see. Instead, not only do these lines move from political culture to another, the contributors also reveal that when these lines are drawn this is inherently normative. The advice of political scientists emanates not only from personal conviction but is also shaped by the character of policy advisory system and broader developments in politics and society. This volume provides solid evidence that few political scientists are sequestered in the‘ivory tower’ and that most do matter with their motivations to challenge power, shape society and change policy through their ‘entrepreneurial relevance’ and advice.” (Diane Stone, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Italy) 

“This remarkable volume shows the diversity of social and public contributions made by political scientists across Europe. The range of advisory roles is impressive and encouraging for colleagues concerned about the difference they can make in the world. It deserves to be used by academics and practitioners who seek to praise and defend the importance of political science research.” (Claire A. Dunlop, University of Exeter, UK)

“This book provides unique insights into how political scientists engage in policy advice and how their advisory roles vary across Europe. This variation reflects variations and trends in European policy advisory systems—a must-read for every political scientist and anyone interested in better understanding policy advisory systems.” (Thurid Hustedt, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

“Political scientists usually observe policymaking, but this book demonstrates that they also become involved in that process. Using qualitative and quantitative data the authors provide an interesting and timely account of the role of political scientists in advising governments and shaping policy. This is a very welcome addition to the literature on policy advice.” (B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Marleen Brans

  • Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

    Arco Timmermans

About the editors

Marleen Brans is Professor at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium. 

Arco Timmermans is Professor of Public Affairs at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Advisory Roles of Political Scientists in Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Comparing Engagements in Policy Advisory Systems

  • Editors: Marleen Brans, Arco Timmermans

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86004-2Published: 01 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-86007-3Published: 01 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-86005-9Published: 31 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 421

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Political Science, Public Policy

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