The production of knowledge : enhancing progress in social science / edited by Colin Elman, John Gerring, James Mahoney
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xvi, 549 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Additional Creators:
- Elman, Colin, Gerring, John, 1962-, and Mahoney, James
- Strategies for social inquiry
- Whilst a great deal of progress has been made in recent decades, concerns persist about the course of the social sciences. Progress in these disciplines is hard to assess and core scientific goals such as discovery, transparency, reproducibility, and cumulation remain frustratingly out of reach. Despite having technical acumen and an array tools at their disposal, today's social scientists may be only slightly better equipped to vanquish error and construct an edifice of truth than their forbears - who conducted analyses with slide rules and wrote up results with typewriters. This volume considers the challenges facing the social sciences, as well as possible solutions. In doing so, we adopt a systemic view of the subject matter. What are the rules and norms governing behavior in the social sciences? What kinds of research, and which sorts of researcher, succeed and fail under the current system? In what ways does this incentive structure serve, or subvert, the goal of scientific progress?
- 9781108762519 (ebook), 9781108486774 (hardback), and 9781108708289 (paperback)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Mar 2020).
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