Political Science in Real Time: Engaging the Middle East Policy Public

Marc Lynch

Abstract mesh background with circles, lines and shapesA decade ago, very few political scientists had either the opportunity or the incentive to engage with the political public in a direct, unmediated way. Today, there is a dense and eclectic ecosystem of political science and international relations-focused blogs and online publications, where good work can easily find an audience through social media. There are multiple initiatives dedicated to supporting academic interventions in the public sphere, and virtually every political or cultural magazine of note now offers a robust online section featuring commentary and analysis in which political scientists are well represented. This has transformed publication for a broader public from something exotic to something utterly routine. I discuss how these changes have affected individual scholars, the field of political science, and the political world with which we are engaged.

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Perspectives on Politics, Volume 14, Issue 01, March 2016, pp 121 – 131
Published online by Cambridge University Press 21 Mar 2016