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Social Science and Population Policy

Paul Demeny
Population and Development Review
Vol. 14, No. 3 (Sep., 1988), pp. 451-479
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/1972198
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1972198
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

This article presents arguments that call for a rethinking and redesign of institutional arrangements that now relegate policy-oriented social science work related to population issues in the developing world to the performance of technical functions servicing existing population programs. To the extent that programs do need such technical services, they can, and obviously will and should, continue to purchase them along with other program inputs. But monitoring and analyzing the process that more than doubled the world population since mid-century, assessing and understanding its causes and consequences, and not the least, observing and evaluating actual and potential policy approaches aimed at influencing demographic change, call for systematic, rigorous, and independent social science research efforts that cannot be conducted as activities ancillary to existing population programs.

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