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Usable Social Science

Neil J. Smelser and Bob Adamson


This book, written by a sociologist and a banking executive, is intended to bring together strands of social-science research that are usable in organizational decision making, fashioning social policy, and dealing with social problems. Topics include space-time constraints on social behavior, cognition, and bias; sanctions and behavior; groups and networks; dynamics of organization; principles of economic development; and research methods. For each of these topics, many relevant lines are assembled and made as relevant to the “real world” as possible. The final two chapters deal, first, with ... More

Keywords: applied social science, decision making, demand for knowledge, economic development, sanctions, social networks, social organizations, social problems, supply of knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273566
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil J. Smelser, author

Bob Adamson, author