Knowledge and Politics

Editors: Viale, Riccardo (Ed.)

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"Does knowledge matter to politics?" is the main question the book tries to answer. The analysis is interdisciplinary and covers a wide range of topics: a social epistemology assessment of the efficacy of political institutions in promoting the generation and the diffusion of science and technology; the proposal of the alternative concept of satisfying rationality to found the theory of social knowledge; the roles of social knowledge in the constitution making and the transitional justice; the arguments in favor of decentralized knowledge in social problem solving and its empowerment through devolution, de-bureaucratization and deregulation; the means to ensure the independency of knowledge from power and at the same time its social utility; the knowledge justified to inform the voters in political campaigns; the critique to technocracy as the wrong solution to deal with the crisis of complexity in contemporary society.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Truth, Science, and Politics: An Analysis of Social Epistemology

    Viale, Riccardo

    Pages 1-61

  • A “Satisfying” Theory of Social Knowledge

    Boudon, Raymond

    Pages 63-87

  • Knowledge and the Politics of Transition

    Elster, Jon

    Pages 89-105

  • Bringing Power to Knowledge. Choosing Policies to Use Decentralized Knowledge

    Niskanen, William A.

    Pages 107-118

  • Knowledge, Power and Self as Distinct Spheres

    Touraine, Alain

    Pages 119-136

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eBook $69.99
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Softcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-7908-1422-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Knowledge and Politics
Editors
  • Riccardo Viale
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-57564-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-57564-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-1422-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 154
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