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Presidential address: will this policy work for you?: predicting effectiveness better: how philosophy helps

Cartwright, Nancy (2012) Presidential address: will this policy work for you?: predicting effectiveness better: how philosophy helps. Philosophy of Science, 79 (5). ISSN 0031-8248

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Abstract

There is a takeover movement fast gaining influence in development economics, a movement that demands that predictions about development outcomes be based on randomized controlled trials. The problem it takes up—of using evidence of efficacy from good studies to predict whether a policy will be effective if we implement it—is a general one, and affects us all. My discussion is the result of a long struggle to develop the right concepts to deal with the problem of warranting effectiveness predictions. Whether I have it right or not, these are questions of vast social importance that philosophers of science can, and should, help answer.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journa...
Additional Information: © 2012 Philosophy of Science Association
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 15:30
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37070/

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