History, Policy and Public Purpose (Innbundet)

Historians and Historical Thinking in Government


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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2016
Antall sider: 146
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9781137520852
Kategori: Statsvitenskap
Omtale History, Policy and Public Purpose
This book takes a fresh look at the connection between history and policy, proposing that historians rediscover a sense of `public purpose' that can embrace political decision-making - and also enhance historical practice. Making policy is a complex and messy affair, calling on many different forms of expertise and historians have often been reluctant to get involved in policy advice, with those interested in `history in public' tending to work with museums, heritage sites, broadcasters and community organisations. Green notes, however, that historians have also insisted that `history matters' in public policy debate, and been critical of politicians' distortions or neglect of the past. She argues that it is not possible to have it both ways.

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