Experts, Social Scientists, and Techniques of Prognosis in Cold War America

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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