Full text: Notes on Social Science Policy

too. "Knowledge is power", as the saying goes, and there are 
some Mg and a host of minor bosses who do not want to let go 
the power they have accumulated in their locked desks. Moreover, 
the distrust comes also from another side. While the economist 
looks forward to bigger and better files, and praises the power 
of the computer, the citizen does not want any files, and often 
is inclined to prefer a bad administration to one with too much 
power. These issues,depending on technical questions as they 
do,have not been clarified, and deserve continued attention, 
because they are at the very heart of the problem of social 
This is not _ all# The social scientist, as said above, rarely 
offers a neutral commodity. His plans and recipes are loaded 
politically and socially. This is all right as long as he is 
kept under control. At odd times and under certain conditions, 
however, intellectuals in east and west have been known to 
throw out a challenge, and even though they lost this remains 
of continued influence. There is a potential tension between 
the politician and the intellectual, especially the social 
scientist, which cannot be ignored in a discussion of social 
science policy. The social scientist is suspect because he 
tries to get hold of information and to diffuse it; he is 
doubly suspect for producing policies, plans, utopias, thus 
arrogating to himself things which by right belong to others. 
In practice this has been partly veiled by the fact that 
economists for the greater part are rather conservative and

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