The use of research in socio-political decisions

Date of publication: June 15, 1977


The authors put forward a personal view of the development of social research in Italy since the end of World War II. They describe some of the difficulties inherent in commissioning and interpreting this type of research. Examples are given about the types of research being carried out in Italy, the actions taken (or not taken) on the basis of the results. Finally the authors suggest ways in which research in the political area may be improved in terms of credibility and effectiveness.

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