Social Scientists, Policy, And The State

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This collection of original essays focuses on the relationship of social scientists to the state and public policy in the industrialized democracies. The comparative approach of this book provides the basis for broader generalization about the linkages between social science and social scientist and the modern state and political power. Social Scientists, Policy, and the State brings fresh analysis to specific issues that are important to a more general understanding of these ...

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Overview

This collection of original essays focuses on the relationship of social scientists to the state and public policy in the industrialized democracies. The comparative approach of this book provides the basis for broader generalization about the linkages between social science and social scientist and the modern state and political power. Social Scientists, Policy, and the State brings fresh analysis to specific issues that are important to a more general understanding of these linkages.

Part I examines the ways in which social scientists participate in the policy-making process. Part II looks at the uses made of ideas generated by social scientific research and at variations within and relations between the critical and expert roles of the social scientist. Part III discusses the factors that have contributed to change in the relationship of social scientists to power and to the state. This section also includes a detailed discussion about the cultural and structural conditions that facilitate or block the political influence of social scientists. This book should have equal appeal to teachers and researchers in the fields of comparative politics, policy making, and the sociology of knowledge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275934491
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/1990
  • Pages: 198
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN BROOKS is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, Canada.

ALAIN G. GAGNON is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Influence of Social Scientists on Public Policy

Social Scientists and Policy

The Third Community, Policy Inquiry, and Social Scientists

Policy Paradigms, Experts and the State: The Case of Macroeconomic Policy-Making in Britain

The Market for Social Scientific Knowledge: The Case of Free Trade in Canada

Knowledge, Power, and the State

The Uneasy Partnership Endures: Social Science and Government

Social Science and State Developments: The Structuration of Discourse in the Social Sciences

Knowledge, Power, and Policy: Reflections on Foucault

Background Reading: The Crisis of Policy Sciences

Bibliography

Index

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