Social Science Methods and Government Effectiveness
Publication Date: July 2009
Publisher(s): Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
Author(s): Richard P. Nathan
Keywords: Policy implementation; Research methodology; Federal government
Coverage: United States
The proposition of this working paper is that social policy researchers should assign higher priority to institutional studies. My argument begins with a statement of what I consider to be the undue emphasis of domestic public policy research on classical experimental studies. I want to expand on the recommendation for greater emphasis on institutional studies with an example from a field of public policy that is currently hot and critical - research on the operations of financial markets.