Accession Number : AD0764857

Title :   Social Interaction Between Policy-Makers and Social Scientists.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : COLUMBIA UNIV NEW YORK BUREAU OF APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Reitz,Jeffrey G.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This is a companion report to an earlier analysis of the gap between knowledge and decision-making. In that paper, the emphasis was on the intellectual components of this gap. By contrast, the present paper treats the social aspects of the interaction between social scientist and policy-maker. Use of knowledge is seen as a process in which there are several distinguishable phases with their own social requirements. Thus, sociologists or policy-makers can be initiators of research. As the project moves along, there is a division of labor and control between the two partners. When the point of recommending is reached, many complex factors facilitate or impede implementation of the social scientist's suggestions. The nature of various misunderstandings and misplaced communications are discussed in some detail. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOCIAL SCIENCES, DECISION MAKING), INTERACTIONS, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, SOCIOLOGY, REASONING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE