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Positive and Normative Aspects of Modelling Large-Scale Social Systems

  • Britton Harris
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 12)

Abstract

My fundamental interest in planning and policy-making is well-known. This interest stems, in the first instance, from a career in city planning, transportation planning and regional science, but I have a strong and longer-standing concern with the economic, social, and political development of disadvantaged populations, especially in the Third World. In this paper, I shall argue that these interests in policy-making and planning extend by their very nature to an interest in design, and I shall try to disentangle some of the issues which surround questions of modelling, optimization and decision-making as a complex of activities which unite theory and practice in the field of social policy.

Keywords

Unintended Consequence Improvement Process Retail Trade Normative Aspect Combinatorial Explosion 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Britton Harris
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  1. 1.School of Urban and Public PolicyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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