Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals - Routledge Studies in Experimental Political Science (Paperback)Scott W. Desposato (editor)
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For most of political science's history, discussions about professional ethics had nothing to do with human subjects. Professional ethics involved integrity in the classroom, fair tenure and promotion rule, and the careful avoidance of plagiarism. As most research was observational, there was little need for attention to how scholarly activities might directly affect the subjects of our work. Times have changed. The dramatic growth in the use of experiments in social science, especially overseas, is generating unexpected ethical controversies. The purpose of this volume is to identify, debate, and propose practical solutions to the most critical of these new ethical issues.
A leading team of internationally distinguished political science scholars presents the first examination of the practical and ethical challenges of research with human subjects in social science and policy studies.
Part 1 examines contextual challenges provided by experiments conducted overseas - questions of culture, religion, security, and poverty.
Part 2 examines questions of legal constraints on research, focusing on questions of foreign review of international experiments.
Part 3 tackles the critical issues in field experiments, including deception and consent, impact on elections and careers, the boundaries of the public officials' exemption, and the use of partner organizations to avoid Institutional Review Body (IRB) review.
Part 4 considers strategies for the future, including training and education, IRB reform, institutional changes, and norm development.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
'A must-read for researchers and practitioners who use experiments.' - Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky, USA
'The notion that social science research is minimal risk research is no longer valid in many regions of the world today. Meeting the needs of the international research community facing ethical challenges emanating from global political, religious, cultural and economic diversity, this volume provides empirically driven guidance and policy recommendations for the ethical conduct of social science research on a global scale. The book's many scholarly contributions by social and political scientists an important resource for Institutional Review Boards, policy makers, and social scientists responsible for the ethical conduct of international field research in a dynamic geopolitical landscape.' - Michael P. Caligiuri, University of California, San Diego, USA
'This anthology makes significant contributions to the ethics of experimental political science. The authors identify troubling issues, propose best practices, and, most importantly, encourage future dialogue on ethical issues that will arise in experimental political science. Anyone conducting experiments in political science must read this book.' - Trisha Phillips, West Virginia University, USA
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