‘The ten commandments for influencing policymakers‘, Times Higher Education Supplement, 26 May 2016
Honest History has always been interested in how the discipline of history can be used for good or ill in government. Many of our resources tagged ‘Using and abusing history‘ go to this point. This article goes more broadly, referring not just to history and government but to academics in general who are trying to influence government. The ten commandments for them emphasise sensitivity, speed, lack of ego, pragmatism, tactics and humility. Sounds about right. Indeed, most of the virtues are relevant to anyone trying to influence government although some of them are scarce among policymakers.
The author is director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent think in the UK. He has worked for a minister.