Social Scientists: Making a Difference
One of the canons of writing that is often repeated is that if you write, you should write about something you know about. I will apply that belief to my comments today. I will talk about something that I know (at least a little) about. For the past twenty plus years I have been studying the linkage between science and public policy making. The science I am talking about is science as defined by the scientific method, which posits that we should follow such tenets as causation, empiricism, objectivity, and replication. The public policy I am talking about is the policies that are determined through our democratic process, highlighted by its construction by our governing bodies, implementation by our executives, and interpretation by our courts.
Alm, Leslie R.. (2015). "Social Scientists: Making a Difference". The Social Science Journal, 52(1), 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2014.11.003