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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States

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Michael J. Lacey, Mary O. Furner, Donald Winch, Lawrence Goldman, Roger Davidson, Donald Critchlow, W. Elliot Brownlee, Barry Supple, Robert D. Cuff
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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528535

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  • The very meanings of terms such as poverty, unemployment, and inequality, as well as the data about them, have been shaped in inquiries undertaken either by or for the states. Through a comparative study of the United States and Britain, this book addresses the historical development of the knowledge base upon which the public policies of the democratic state depend. The book stretches from the Enlightement origins of the impulse to base legislation on scientific knowledge to the twentieth-century development of specialized institutions and professions engaged in social investigation and public policymaking. It probes investigators' biases and omissions as well as their strengths as factors shaping social learning, and ponders the impact on social investigation and social policy today of relativism, antistatism, devolution and privatization as these currents have developed in both societies since the 1970s.

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    "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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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528535
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.668kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Michael J. Lacey
    Part I. Knowledge and Government:
    1. Social investigation, social knowledge, and the state: an introduction Michael J. Lacey and Mary O. Furner
    2. The science of the legislator: the Enlightenment heritage Donald Winch
    Part II. Empiricism and the New Liberalism:
    3. Experts, investigators, and the state in 1860: British social scientists through American eyes Lawrence Goldman
    4. The world of the bureaus: government and the positivist project in the late nineteenth century Michael J. Lacey
    5. The republican tradition and the new liberalism: social investigation, state building, and social learning in the gilded age Mary O. Furner
    6. The state and social investigation in Britain, 1880–1914 Roger Davidson
    Part III. Pluralism, Skepticism, and the Modern State:
    7. Think tanks, antistatism, and democracy: the nonpartisan ideal and policy research in the United States, 1913–87 Donald T. Critchlow
    8. Social investigation and political learning in the financing of World War I W. Elliot Brownlee
    9. The state and social investigation in Britain between the world wars Barry Supple
    10. War mobilization, institutional learning, and state building in the United States, 1917–41 Robert D. Cuff
    Index.

  • Editors

    Michael J. Lacey, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC

    Mary O. Furner, Northern Illinois University

    Contributors

    Michael J. Lacey, Mary O. Furner, Donald Winch, Lawrence Goldman, Roger Davidson, Donald Critchlow, W. Elliot Brownlee, Barry Supple, Robert D. Cuff

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