In my many commentaries and editorials over the decades, I provide a long-term perspective of issues, campaigns, and phenomena. Going beyond the flavor of the month and conveying a perspective of historic embeddedness is the key purpose of this blog. We can learn from the past, not only by understanding what was done before us, but also by appreciating the context in which changes occur. The commentary format allows the reader to escape the major studying approach.
Ongoing involvement with policy makers and firms has taught me that many people do not read academic books or even high-quality journal articles. Working one’s way through them is typically considered too laborious and insufficiently stimulating. However, decision makers do read short pieces, articles, and commentaries. The opportunity to communicate with leaders is much higher with the short piece. Of course, the comments usually need to be based on a background of significant research and understanding of an issue. Yet, short writings are instrumental in bringing issues to the fore, and, eventually, in precipitating understanding and perhaps even change.