Counters the emphasis on theory in the historiography of the social sciences and seeks to establish new interest in the history of empirical social researchSuggests that epistemic hopes describe a social mechanism wherein the wish to do something good causes something bad: the adoption and maintenance of a non-optimal techniqueSteps back from policy analysis to focus on how expert knowledge is actually  produced,  offering a unique assessment of tacit assumptions and methodological inconsistencies.

The author

Christian Dayé is Research Fellow at the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Unit of Graz University of Technology, Austria.

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