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: 0231126077

ISBN-13: 9780231126076

Pub. Date: 07/27/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The conditions that shaped the rise and expansion of American social science are rapidly changing, and with them, the terms of its relationship with power and policy. As globalization has diminished the role of the state as the locus of public policy in favor of NGOs, multinational corporations and other private entities, it has raised important questions about the

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The conditions that shaped the rise and expansion of American social science are rapidly changing, and with them, the terms of its relationship with power and policy. As globalization has diminished the role of the state as the locus of public policy in favor of NGOs, multinational corporations and other private entities, it has raised important questions about the future of the social sciences and their universalist pretensions.

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, particularly political science, and public-policy formation and implementation. 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, their undertakings purely "academic", 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 this compromise helped underwrite the expansion of American influence in the twentieth century, and that it needs serious reexamination at the dawn of the twenty-first.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231126076
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2005
Series:
Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Intervention and the Common GoodA Science of Politics: The American History of Scientific Policy and PolicymakingA Marketplace of Ideas: Social Science and Public Policy Beyond GovernmentWars and Webs: Global Public Policy and International Social ScienceConcluding Thoughts: Social Science, Policymaking, and the Common Good in the Twenty-first CenturyNotesReferencesIndex

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