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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States (Paperback)
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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States (Paperback)

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Paperback 456 Pages / Published: 23/12/2004
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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States addresses the historical development of the knowledge base upon which the public policies of the democratic state depend. This comparative study stretches from the Enlightenment origins of the impulse to base legislation on scientific knowledge to the twentieth-century development of specialised institutions and professions engaged in social investigation and public policy-making. It probes investigators' biases and omissions as well as their strengths as factors shaping social learning. It illuminates the vital link between social empiricism and the late nineteenth-century emergence of the New Liberalism in both Britain and the United States. And it ponders the impact on social investigation and social policy today of relativism, antistatism, devolution and privatisation as these currents have developed in both societies since the 1970s.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521528535
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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

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