Three Terms in Search of Reconceptualization: Knowledge, Utilization, and Decision-Making

  • Carol H. Weiss
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Part of the Institut für Höhere Studien — Institute for Advanced Studies IHS-Studies book series (INHSIAS)


The utilization of social science knowledge in decision-making is a subject that many scholars have addressed over the past 40 years. For most of them, it was a topic of passing interest — an outgrowth of their own experience with the policy-making processes of government or with the social science organizational establishment and its effort to maintain growing levels of government research support. Their contributions to the discussion of the relationship between social science and government were often intelligent — even insightful, but their major scholarly commitments lay elsewhere in the disciplines [among the notable discussions are Chinitz; Clark; Coleman, 1972; Cowhig; Davis; Deitchman; Donnison; Etzioni; Ferman; Frankel; Gans; George; Janowitz; Kaysen; Kelman; Lynn; Lyons; Mayntz; Merton, 1949; Millikan;Reichen; Sharpe; Shils; Wilensky; Wildavsky; Williams; Wilson]. Only a handful pursued the subject as a field of inquiry in its own right.2)


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  • Carol H. Weiss
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Education, Monroe C. Gutman LibraryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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