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New Paradigms in Public Policy$
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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264935

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264935.001.0001

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How social science can contribute to public policy

How social science can contribute to public policy

The case for a ‘design arm’

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(p.239) 9 How social science can contribute to public policy
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New Paradigms in Public Policy
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Gerry Stoker

Peter Taylor-Gooby

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264935.003.0009

This chapter returns to the question of how social scientists can contribute to public policy. First, it is desirable to open up the range of approaches and orientations available to policy-making by ensuring that those involved are recruited from a wide range of communities, by analysing how policy objectives are selected and defined, and by promoting greater interplay at different career stages between government and academic life. Second, social science must develop, alongside the academic research that is at its heart, a ‘design arm’ directed at practical issues and concerned with the application of research findings in improving policy outcomes.

Keywords:   social scientists, policy-making, social science

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