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What difference does it make?" In one form or another, that question is at the core of virtually all social science research. This book reverses the lens and asks, “What differences do social sciences and scientists themselves make on public policy and how?” The answers found here offer thought provoking insights for academics and researchers interested in how the methods and findings of social science can transmit from the cloisters of academia to the real world of policy impact.
This book is a vital contribution that demonstrates the importance of the social sciences to policy making. It also makes evident that the study of human and societal behavior makes the social sciences the real “hard sciences”.
This ambitious, learned, and valuable book confronts fundamental questions about the scope of the social sciences, the character of its audiences, mechanisms of influence, criteria for assessment, and the impact of digital culture. Richly-detailed and rigorously reasoned, this is a must read.