The British Tradition of Social Administration

Moral Concerns at the Expense of Scientific Rigor
  • Martin Bulmer
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


American social science is, tentatively and perhaps belatedly, discovering ethics, particularly in issues surrounding the uses of social science research for policymaking. Although the con­cern may seem novel to many social scientists, in fact the discipline is rediscovering its roots. In Britain the links be­tween ethics and social science were never so completely sev­ered but were forged in a quite distinctive way, through the creation of the field of social administration. The development of social administration, with its particular strengths and weaknesses, offers a useful basis for comparing the American and British experience.


Relative Deprivation Moral Concern Race Relation Scientific Rigor Welfare Provision 
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© The Hastings Center 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Bulmer
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  1. 1.Department of Social Science and AdministrationLon­don School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonEngland

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