Full text: Notes on Social Science Policy

The practical problems here are two: 
1) There is a need for proper education and training of social 
The conditions for this may not be equally good in all 
countries. For example, some countries like Britain or 
Scandinavia and Holland have an unbroken tradition in 
economics which some others lack. 
More generally the training is suffering from certain 
difficulties in the present development of social sciences, 
about which something will be said later (lack of mathemat 
ical basis on the one hand, excessively formal training on 
the other, quarrels between empirical and philosophical ap 
proach in sociology etc). 
2) There is a problem of communication between government and 
social scientists. In many cases they are quite unable to 
understand each other. This can only be changed, if some 
social scientists enter the government administration it 
self. The administration will then be better able to make 
use of the work of social scientists outside the administra 
The same applies in principle also to private firms. 
By following up the two points mentioned a good deal may be 
achieved. The hesitation of governemnts and of politicians 
vis-a-vis the social scientist have, however, deeper reasons,

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