Social Science and Policy Making: A Search for Relevance in the Twentieth Century
Featherman, David, and Maris A. Vinovskis. 2001. Social Science and Policy Making: A Search for Relevance in the Twentieth Century. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI.
This collection of essays examines how the social sciences in America were developed as a means of social reform and later, especially after World War II, as a tool in federal policymaking and policy analysis. It also uses arenas of policymaking, such as early childhood education and welfare and its reform, as case studies in which social research was used, in policy decisions or in setting and evaluating policy goals. The book is written to aid students of public policy to appreciate the complex relationship of information-principally, of social science research-to policymaking at the federal level.