Research and policy

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Research and policy

  1. 1. Cape Sun23 January2013
  2. 2. • Head of the State vs Heart of Citizens – (Marx in Muller) • Deafness between government and people• People (citizen) vs State – Laclau and Mouffe (Radical democratic politics) • people good, state bad• Critics vs Reconstructors – Konrad and Szelenyi (Intellectuals on the road to class power – intellectuals vs sate and working class)• Theory vs Practice – Habermas (Theory and practise) • intellectuals good, practioners bad • theory and practice cannot talk directly to each other • interpreters, consultants, advisors, ear whisperers • advocacy, policy briefs, media, social media• The ‘gap’ is not simply technical, it is conceptual and interest driven 2
  3. 3. • Muller and Cloete – White Hands and Modernity and Post Apartheid• Habermas – Forms of constructing mediation space • Education Policy Units (1989) – from protest to policy • National Education Policy Investigation (NEPI, 1991) • National Commission on Higher Education (1995)• CHET (1996) • ‘Evidence’ based constructed discourses • In what Marx calls ‘surplus politics’, evidence does not dictate policy, it is a starting point for dialogue • Key is selection of participants – ‘better hearing’ • Discourse is informative for both government and higher education sector – democracy is strengthening ‘both sides’ • Policy influence – what point of cycle (understanding problem, action prescription or evaluation/monitoring • Never write policy and never whisper in ministers ears 3

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