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Federal Funding of Social Science: An Interview with Dr. Roberta Balstad Miller, Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations

The American Sociologist
Vol. 17, No. 4, Financing Sociological Research (Nov., 1982), pp. 217-225
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Federal Funding of Social Science: An Interview with Dr. Roberta Balstad Miller, Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations
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Abstract

On March 16, 1982, two of the editors of this special issue went to Washington with the intent of developing background material on the theme "federal funding of social science." One of the first persons we consulted was Dr. Roberta Balstad Miller of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). On leave from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Dr. Miller has been responsible, since the administration's NSF budget cuts of last year, for the chief lobbying effort in the Congress on behalf of the social sciences. Her knowledge of the Washington scene combined with her candor afforded us an insider's glimpse of the politics of social science. It also prompted publication of our conversation in the edited form that follows. Some of the historical context for Dr. Miller's remarks is contained in her article appearing elsewhere in this issue.

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