Research in the Service of Social Reform: The Politics of Designing Systems of Knowledge Production and Use

  • Evelyn M. Fisher
Conference paper
Part of the Institut für Höhere Studien — Institute for Advanced Studies IHS-Studies book series (INHSIAS)


The United States Constitution defines the domains of federal authority and responsibility, all others being reserved to the states and local communities. Since education and various human services are not mentioned, these systems developed under state and local jurisdiction. Only when crises arose that could be interpreted as threatening to the general welfare could the federal government legitimately become involved. The federal response in such cases was the allocation of financial aid and even then public debate was precipitated about whether federal aid would lead to federal control. Local autonomy remains a deeply entrenched value in the United States.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelyn M. Fisher
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  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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