Does good policy-making need historians?




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Published on Mar 18, 2016


Does good policy-making need historians?

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 6.30–8pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Chaired by Professor Nick Pearce, The Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Policy-makers face a world of increasing complexity, but what insight can historical knowledge bring to the table? Does looking back enable us to learn lessons from the past, or ask better questions about the present? In the noisy and competitive marketplace of ideas, how can historians ensure that their voices are heard?

Hosted in partnership with the Mile End Institute of Queen Mary University of London, a panel of three distinguished historians and a leading policy expert reflected on these and other questions concerning the relationship between history, policy and the public good.

This event forms part of a series organised by Dr Helen McCarthy of Queen Mary University of London on the theme of Rethinking Contemporary British Political History, funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.


Professor Sir David Cannadine FBA
Princeton University

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA
Queen Mary University of London

Professor Margaret Macmillan
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Find out more: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/D...


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