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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States : Cambridge Studies in French - Michael James Lacey

The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States

Cambridge Studies in French

By: Michael James Lacey (Editor), Mary O. Furner (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th June 1993
ISBN: 9780521416382
Number Of Pages: 454

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The very meanings of terms such as poverty, unemployment, and inequality, as well as the data about them, have been shaped in inquiries undertaken either by or for the states. Through a comparative study of the United States and Britain, this book addresses the historical development of the knowledge base upon which the public policies of the democratic state depend. The book stretches from the Enlightement origins of the impulse to base legislation on scientific knowledge to the twentieth-century development of specialized institutions and professions engaged in social investigation and public policymaking. It probes investigators' biases and omissions as well as their strengths as factors shaping social learning, and ponders the impact on social investigation and social policy today of relativism, antistatism, devolution and privatization as these currents have developed in both societies since the 1970s.

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"The State and Social Investigation contributes significantly to our understanding of the development and character of the modern state. Specifically, it makes clear the extent to which government is a producer and consumer of knowledge, operating through its own research and investigatory agencies, sponsorship of outside research, and interaction with non-government social scientists and think tanks described by Critchlow." Roy Lubove, Business History Review "This is a book that deserves attention...the time [is] ripe for the inquiries called for by this book." William R. Brock, Journal of American History "The editors have written a splendid overview chapter that sets out key issues in the relationship between knowledge and government. They describe the paramount significance of knowledge for making policy and for demonstrating to the public that policy is based on sound reasons." Carol H. Weiss, Contemporary Sociology

Foreword
Knowledge and Government
Social investigation, social knowledge, and the state: an introduction
The science of the legislator: the Enlightenment heritage
Empiricism and the New Liberalism
Experts, investigators, and the state in 1860: British social scientists through American eyes
The world of the bureaus: government and the positivist project in the late nineteenth century
The republican tradition and the new liberalism: social investigation, state building, and social learning in the gilded age
The state and social investigation in Britain, 1880-1914
Pluralism, Skepticism, and the Modern State
Think tanks, antistatism, and democracy: the nonpartisan ideal and policy research in the United States, 1913-1987
Social investigation and political learning in the financing of World War I
The state and social investigation in Britain between the world wars
War mobilization, institutional learning, and state building in the United States, 1917-1941
Index
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ISBN: 9780521416382
ISBN-10: 0521416388
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 454
Published: 25th June 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.77

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