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The place of values in social policy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2009


Let me start this article on the valuation basis of social policy by a negative assertion contradicting the title. To stress the subjectivity of the valuation process, I deliberately use the word ‘valuations’ and avoid the term ‘values’ that is so popular in all social science – except in the combination ‘value-premises’ when certain valuations have been defined and made explicit for use in research.

Special Issue on ‘Values in Social Policy’
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