The British Tradition of Social Administration
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.
KeywordsRelative Deprivation Moral Concern Race Relation Scientific Rigor Welfare Provision
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