Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Lisa Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231126069

ISBN-13: 9780231126069

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

As dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Lisa Anderson has a unique vantage point on the intersection of social sciences and public-policy formation. How do, or should, the research and findings of the academy affect foreign or domestic policy today? Why are politicians often quick to dismiss professors as irrelevant, while scholars…  See more details below

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As dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Lisa Anderson has a unique vantage point on the intersection of social sciences and public-policy formation. How do, or should, the research and findings of the academy affect foreign or domestic policy today? Why are politicians often quick to dismiss professors as irrelevant, while scholars often shrink from engagement as agents of social or political change? There is a tension at work here, and it reveals a deeper compromise that arose as the modern social sciences were born in the nursery of late-nineteenth-century American liberalism: social scientists would dedicate themselves to the pursuit of objective, empirically verifiable truth while relinquishing the exercise of power to governments and their agents. Anderson argues that although this compromise helped underwrite the expansion of American influence in the twentieth century, it needs serious reexamination at the dawn of the twenty-first.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231126069
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : understanding, intervention and the common good1
2A science of politics : the American history of scientific policy and policymaking7
3A marketplace of ideas : social science and public policy beyond government41
4Wars and webs : global public policy and international social science75
5Concluding thoughts : social science, policymaking, and the common good in the twenty-first century103

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