Conclusion: Why an Epistemic Approach Matters

Susan Greenhalgh

in Just One Child

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253384
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941267 | DOI:
Conclusion: Why an Epistemic Approach Matters

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This chapter explains the value of the epistemic approach for the understanding of policymaking more generally, first defending it against some institutional-minded critics, and showing why a state-based institutional approach is insufficient. It then outlines the contributions, dangers, and larger productivities of this scientific mode of policymaking, and explains how the science behind the policy had significant responsibility not only for the terrible human suffering that occurred, but also for other, longer-term effects. The chapter also suggests how this approach can be used as a tool to critique the one-child policy and introduce two-child policies that have less damaging effects.

Keywords: epistemic approach; policymaking; state-based approach; human suffering; longer-term effects; one-child policy; two-child policies

Chapter.  14373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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