bq. Social science literally defines the terms of the debates we have about the sources of economic growth, about whether elections are fair, about whether the United States is a hegemon or a declining power, about whether the West is a more open society than the Rest, about gender equity and income mobility and school quality and divorce rates and whether prettier candidates win more votes.
PM, at Duck of Minerva, on the value of social science. Also:
bq. Indeed, the alternative to good social science is not no social science but bad social science.
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