Social Experimentation for Public Policy

Carol Hirschon Weiss and Johanna Birckmayer

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Social Experimentation for Public Policy

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This article discusses and considers the nature of social experiments that have been conducted for the past four decades. It provides a review of the efforts of many social scientists and economists to develop systematic empirical evidence about the likely advantages and disadvantages of specific policy proposals via the conduct of social experiments. The article also studies the advantages and disadvantages of social experiments and attempts to incorporate the current trend into the future of social experimentation.

Keywords: social experiments; systematic empirical evidence; policy; current trend; social experimentation

Article.  11073 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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