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Social Sciences and Modern States : National Experiences and Theoretical Crossroads - Peter Wagner

Social Sciences and Modern States

National Experiences and Theoretical Crossroads

By: Peter Wagner (Editor), Carol Hirschon Weiss (Editor), Bjorn Wittrock (Editor), Hellmut Wollmann (Editor)

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Published: 26th April 1991
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Modern social sciences have, over the past forty years, been committed to the improvement of public policy. More recently, however, doubts have arisen about the possibility and desirability of a policy-oriented social science. In this book, leading specialists in the field analyze both the development and failings of policy-oriented social science. In contrast to other writings on the subject, this volume presents a distinctively historical and comparative approach. By looking at earlier periods, the contributors demonstrate how policy orientation has been central to the emergence and evolution of the social sciences as a form of professional activity. Case studies of rarely examined societies such as Poland, Brazil and Japan further demonstrate the various ways in which intellectual developments have been shaped by the societal contexts in which they have emerged and how they have taken part in the shaping of these societies.

Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
National Experiences in Comparative Perspective
The policy orientation: legacy and promise
Social science and the modern state: policy knowledge and political institutions in Western Europe and the United States
Political events and the policy sciences
From policy analysis to political management: An outside look at public-policy training in the United States
Networks of influence: the social sciences in the United Kingdom since the war
National contexts for the development of social-policy research: British and American research on poverty and social welfare compared
Political culture and the policy orientation in Dutch social science Stuart
Arenas of interaction: social science and public policy in Switzerland
The influence of social sciences on political decisions in Poland
The impact of social sciences on the process of development in Japan
Changing roles of new knowledge: research institutions and societal transformations in
Policy Sciences at the Crossroads
Frame-reflective policy discourse
Research programmes and action programmes, or can policy research learn from the philosophy of science?
Policy research: data, ideas, or arguments?
Social knowledge and public policy: eight models of interaction
Epilogue
Summing up: social sciences and modern states
Index
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ISBN: 9780521381987
ISBN-10: 0521381983
Series: Advances in Political Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.74