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ERIC Number: ED106389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-7
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Social Scientists and Public Policy; [and Seminar Discussion].
Reddick, Larry
In his presentation, at the start of the seminar, the author notes that the overall question of the seminar may be posed two ways. Put politely, it is necessary to know whether social scientists may be induced to use their research to arrive at premeditated conclusions. Put bluntly, it is necessary to find out if social scientists can be "bought". That brings up the cognate question. It is necessary to know to what extent that government, special interest groups and philanthropic foundations favor or disfavor certain people or points of view. Finally, it is necessary to examine the historical aspects of the relations of social scientists of the past to public policy. Several questions are posed for subsequent debate: (1) how should a core group of critics be composed? (2) how should this basic group of specialists meet and work themselves into a team? (3) should such a team, once developed, restrict itself to research? (4) an appropriate methodology needs to be fashioned; and, (5) which few subjects should be researched almost immediately? The remainder of his presentation illustrates how revealing it might be to do a systematic study of the impact of social science upon the race relations policies of this nation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Seminar on Public Policy (Center for Urban Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 7, 1974); Best Copy Available