Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847424518 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
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Applying Social Science

The Role of Social Research in Politics, Policy and Practice

Edited by David Byrne

Applying Social Science
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Edited by David Byrne

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

240 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2011
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847424518 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781847424501 Published February 2011 For sale in North and South America only
In complex contemporary societies social science has become increasingly interwoven into the whole fabric of governance. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to understand the social world which seek to mimic the linear approaches of the conventional 'hard sciences' are mostly useless given the complex systems character of society in all its aspects. This book draws on a synthesis of critical realism and complexity theory to examine how social science is applied now and how it might be applied in the future in relation to social transformation in a time of crisis. A central argument is that there is no such thing as a 'pure' science of the social and that a recognition of the inevitability of application imposes obligations on social scientists wherever they work which challenge the passivity of most in the face of inequality and injustice.
Contents
Abbreviations and acronyms
Introduction

1. Methodological foundations of applied social science
2. Constructing evidence: the development of knowledge which is to be applied
3. Surveying the social world: assembling knowledge as a basis for action
4. Evaluating: determining the worth of social interventions
5. Legitimating: the selective use of social science in justifying policy and practice
6. Consulting: the role of social research in relation to new modes of governance
7. Modelling: representing the world in order to understand how it works
8. Acting
9. The academy and beyond: applied social research in the real world
10. Concluding

Bibliography
Index
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