That somebody powerful might actually use their research. From the NY Times, an example from a warlord in South Sudan:
Mr. Machar is plotting the offensive on the oil fields from a hide-out in Upper Nile State. It is a quiet outpost, save the incessant chirping of birds, and the former vice president keeps company with a small team of bodyguards. He has a satellite phone and a shiny touch-screen tablet in a battered brown case, and in his free time he is working through a paperback copy of “Why Nations Fail.”
I don’t lie awake at night worried someone important will read my research papers. I mean, who would? But I do live in terror that someone important will one day take my idle blog posts seriously.