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Nathan, Richard P. – Society, 1985
Speculates on the contributions social science research can make to the field of domestic policy. Defines three approaches to applied social science: analysis, evaluation, and demonstrations. Recommends that present day social scientists give more attention to institutions and especially to the links between institutional and behavioral change.…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Policy Formation
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Greeley, Andrew M. – Society, 1982
The social scientist has certain responsibilities in reporting the results and implications of research. S/he must consider: 1) the importance of the audience and the decisions they might make; 2) the complexity of the social findings; 3) the likelihood of practical impact of research findings; and 4) the possibility of harm to a distinct group in…
Descriptors: Information Dissemination, Policy Formation, Research Reports, Research Utilization
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Parlin, Bradley W. – Society, 1977
Notes that there is inconsistency between the philosophical basis of the American immigration policy and the legal status of the immigrant in the labor market. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Environmental Influences, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Immigrants, Labor Force
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Bernard, Jessie – Society, 1977
If President Carter is to revamp the federal bureaucracy, he is going to need a vast corpus of research on complex organizations. In this connection we should note the increase in the number of American Sociological Association members with competence in this area. The several departments of the executive branch will increasingly find that they…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Government, Financial Support, Government Role
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Baker, Ross K. – Society, 1977
Argues that the combined forces of recession, inflationary fears, social tranquility, the eschewal of crusades both domestic and foreign, and a commitment to leaner and more frugal government all seem to militate against a dramatic upsurge in support of the social sciences. This pattern is ominously paralleled by a decline in undergraduate…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Financial Support
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Sternlieb, George – Society, 1977
Asserts that the social science business is here to stay. The use of survey research, of invoking the learned as a form of symbolic action, of obfuscating the realities of limited budget and limited throughput and limited drive by "researching the problem," all provide a flywheel that shows every sign not merely of stability but of acceleration.…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Financial Support
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Katznelson, Ira – Society, 1977
Notes and predicts persistence in the nature of the links between social scientists and the polity, and speculates that we may also be on the threshold of basic alterations in, or at least challenges to, these traditional arrangements. This prognosis is essentially hopeful for those of us who are social scientists and socialists. At issue is how…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Federal Government, Government Role, Policy Formation
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Willie, Charles V. – Society, 1977
Argues that as important as what the Carter administration will do is what the Carter victory has already done: it decisively ended the Nixon era in American society. The Carter administration will attempt to synthesize the striving for excellence of the Nixon era and the push for participation of the King era. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Federal Government, Government Role, Policy Formation
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Tyson, Brady – Society, 1977
Concludes that the real challenge to social scientists in this administration, and any other, is not how to relate effectively and get more funds from the executive branch, but how to relate more effectively as teachers and learners in the political process--with the American people and their elected representatives in Congress. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government Role, Policy Formation, Politics
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Horowitz, Irving Louis – Society, 1977
Argues that with the presidential elections of 1976 now history, the electorate may hope for greater support to those people who see social problems as public issues rather than psychological dilemmas in search of biomedical remedies. No one close to social science and related to government could fail to detect in the last decade a powerful drift…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government Employees, Government Role, Policy Formation
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Appelbaum, Richard P. – Society, 1977
Concludes that the idea of practice is so important at this time because the notion of practice (of the fusion of theoretical practical knowledge, of the public and private life, of expert and citizen) is threatening to the institutions and groups whose continued dominance rests in part on their privileged claim to truth: the large corporations,…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Policy Formation, Political Influences, Politics
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Loftus, Elizabeth – Society, 1977
Concludes that removing research support as a punishment for alleged non-compliance with statutes that are at times not even marginally related to scientific objectives is an irrelevant and undeservedly harmful punishment. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Educational Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
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Riecken, Henry W. – Society, 1975
Noting that one of the major ways in which social science can be utilized by society, it is stated, is through the application of experimental method to analysis of social problems, this article explores the organizational and institutional conditions under which social experimentation might be most effectively utilized for the benefit of society.…
Descriptors: Educational Programs, Experimental Programs, Federal Programs, Policy Formation
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Biderman, Albert D.; Sharp, Laura M. – Society, 1975
Discusses research which focused on two topics: research conducted for the evaluation of major governmental social programs, and competitive public contracting as the instrumentality for bringing about mobilization of specific resources for that purpose; the need to evaluate public programs has been a major source of expanding demand for social…
Descriptors: Competitive Selection, Federal Programs, Institutional Research, Policy Formation
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Marks, Leonard H. – Society, 1975
Proposes that a review be made of the entire subject of future international communications developments, including direct international broadcasting via satellite, and that this study should be directed at putting direct broadcasting into a realistic perspective of the range of new technologies and the problems and opportunities which they offer…
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Broadcast Television, Censorship, Communications
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