Crippling Epistemologies and Governance Failures: A Plea for Experimentalism
by Gilles Paquet (9780776607030)

Crippling Epistemologies and Governance Failures: A Plea for Experimentalism
 
Gilles Paquet
Release Date: 01 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 279
Category: Methodology
ISBN: 9780776607030
ISBN-10: 0776607030



In "Crippling Epistemologies and Governance Failures" Gilles Paquet attacks the dominant practices of the social sciences and their reliance on inadequate concepts of knowledge, evidence, and inquiry, which have become methodological and ideological "mental prisons." He argues that governance and social arrangements based on these platforms result in weak information infrastructure, poor accountability, and inadequate organizational design, and that these arrangements ultimately fail. He rejects borrowing approaches from the physical sciences and suggests that a richer perspective less crippled by toxic intellectual, educational, and cultural filters can be created in the social sciences. He links governance failures both with poor understanding of the issues and poor institutional design, engaging specifically with the examples of science policy and foreign affairs. While he admits that it is difficult to unlearn bad intellectual habits, he insists that doing so will create more useful social science and stronger governance.

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