Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 15, 2001 - Social Science - 204 pages
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Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to social science, including theoretical argument, methodological guidelines, and examples of practical application. Why has social science failed in attempts to emulate natural science and produce normal theory? Bent Flyvbjerg argues that the strength of social science is in its rich, reflexive analysis of values and power, essential to the social and economic development of any society. Richly informed, powerfully argued, and clearly written, this book provides essential reading for all those in the social and behavioural sciences.
  

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User Review  - Shyam Sundar - Goodreads

It may be a defining book of the social sciences, assuming that social scientists care to read it. His calls for a phronetic social science are timely, and cannot be dismissed. The Aristotelian turn ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hans Gutbrod - Goodreads

generally an excellent Aristotelian argument for social science. I am not entirely convinced that all is quite as resolvable, but still, this is essential reading for any social scientist. Read full review

Contents

The Science Wars a way out
1
Rationality body and intuition in human learning
9
Is theory possible in social science?
25
Context counts
38
Values in social and political inquiry
53
The power of example
66
The significance of conflict and power to social science
88
Empowering Aristotle
110
Methodological guidelines for a reformed social science
129
Examples and illustrations narratives of value and power
141
Social science that matters
166
Notes
169
Index
201
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Professor Bent Flyvbjerg is Founding Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University's Said Business School and Director of the Oxford Centre for Major Programme Management. He works for better planning and management of megaprojects and cities, plus he writes about phronetic social science and case study research. Bent Flyvbjerg has served as adviser to the United Nations, the EU Commission and government and companies in many countries.

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