OSHA and the Politics of Health Regulation (Environment, Development and Public Policy: Public Policy and Social Services)

OSHA and the Politics of Health Regulation (Environment, Development and Public Policy: Public Policy and Social Services) Author David P. McCaffrey
ISBN-10 1461592895
ISBN-13 9781461592891
Year 2014-09-12
Pages 192
Language English
Publisher Springer
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By way of introduction to this fascinating book let me highlight two of its many contributions First it is a good example of something all too rare in sociology testing competing general theories Most of us either try to develop or refine theories about how the social world works and cite convenient data as support or we select and collect data that will fit some general theoretical position In the first case the data playa subor dinate role bits of evidence for our view of life In the second the theory plays a subordinate role a way to make sense of the social behavior we have observed McCaffrey s position subsumes these two He has gathered data on an important social agency but with an im plicit problem in mind which of the several theories about the social world he was exposed to in graduate school would do the best job of interpreting the data Or we might just as well turn it around In a graduate department such as Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook there is a lively never ending debate about the truth of competing perspectives on the political and social world By selecting a data base and remaining alert to the kind of evidence each theory required McCaffrey circumvented the usual data for a theory vs a theory for the data dilemma that most of us live with

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Innovation up Close

Innovation up Close Author A. Michael Huberman
ISBN-10 9781489903907
Release 2013-06-29
Pages 312