How to study ideas in politics and ‘influence’ : a typology

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


The influence that ideas have (or do not have) in political life is widely regarded as a problematic issue – across many fields of study. Reservations about the possibilities for assessing ideas' influence can be shown to differ, however, in quite revealing ways. Apprehension rests neither on a single, shared reservation, nor even on a core set of reservations. Moreover, many of the reservations lack cogency. A more useful way of addressing the ‘influence-problem’ is by employing a typology. This typology would seek to capture the full range of modes in which influence might be exercised. The article therefore proposes one, as a heuristic framework for investigation and analysis, with the intention that it might be applied to the study of ‘real-world’ cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-378
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number4
Early online date9 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • influence
  • ideas
  • ideologies
  • typology
  • political thought


Dive into the research topics of 'How to study ideas in politics and ‘influence’ : a typology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this