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Applying social science: The role of social research in politics, policy and practice

David Byrne


In complex contemporary societies social science has become increasingly interwoven into the whole fabric of governance. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to understand the social world which seek to mimic the linear approaches of the conventional ‘hard sciences’ are mostly useless given the complex systems character of society in all its aspects. This book draws on a synthesis of critical realism and complexity theory to examine how social science is applied now and how it might be applied in the future in relation to social transformation in a time of crisis. ... More

Keywords: governance, hard sciences, critical realism, complexity theory, social science, social transformation, crisis, social scientists, inequality, injustice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424518
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Byrne, author