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Academy of Social ScienceCampaign for Social Science

Campaign for Social Science Palgrave Macmillan are proud to sponsor ‘The Campaign for Social Science’ which aims to promote social science as a necessary core ingredient of a successful economy and society. The Campaign set up by The Academy of Social Science, will raise the profile of social science in the public, media and Parliament. This is against the context of changes to funding teaching and research. It will seek to discover how funding cuts are really affecting social science and what knock-on effects this is having on society. They will also build on the ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ series of booklets and amass more evidence of the success of social science before communicating to the government and public the vital role that social science plays in the well being of society. For more information please visit ‘The Campaign for Social Science’ website at

"From the Palgrave Dictionary of Economics to Feminist Review to the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics series, Palgrave Macmillan has long been recognized for the strength and breadth of our publishing across the social sciences, publishing some of the leading textbooks, reference works, journals and monograph series in the field. Sponsoring the Campaign for Social Sciences was an easy decision for us, and we are delighted to be supporting this important initiative within the academic community"
Philippa Grand, PhD, Publisher for Sociology, Acting Head of Social Sciences, Scholarly Division

We are also delighted that many of our social science authors have pledged their support for
‘The Campaign for Social Science’:

'Social science generates the vision, the arguments and the evidence for making the world a better place - and is something Britain is good at. If we were a football team we would be celebrated every day. Instead, at best, we are taken for granted. Underfunding us makes the world a worse place.'
Professor Tariq Modood, MBE, AcSS, co-editor of Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness and series editor for Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship series

"These are critical times for social science and a campaign is necessary not just because social science is important for public policy, but also to inform the critical debate that is vital to a healthy democracy"
Professor John Holmwood, AcSS, Chair UUK Council of Heads and Professors of Sociology, co-editor of Sociology in Britain: Past, Present and Future (forthcoming, 2013)

'Knowledge generated in the social sciences may be more contextual and contingent than in some other spheres of human understanding but it is not absent. Social science's claim for relevance is not premised on an unchallengeable technocratic role but its contribution through an informed and evidenced based engagement in a wider process of deliberation and democratic decision. It is science for society's sake. It is not done to society but with society.'
Professor Gerry Stoker, AcSS, author of Why Politics Matter, winner of the PSA Book of the Year Award 2006

'From the vantage point of sociology, the case for the current Campaign for the Social Sciences is hard to resist. In an era of rapid change and enhanced reflexivity it is vital that a strong 'science of society' feeds a wider public engagement and debate, and this requires infrastructure and investment as well as commitment. That this Campaign has now to be fought surely clinches the case!'
Professor Graham Scambler, AcSS, co-editor Social Theory and Health Journal and co-editor New Directions in the Sociology of Chronic and Disabling Conditions (2010)

'We should not expect social science to predict the future or change the world. But it plays an indispensible role in providing explanations and deepening understanding without which both states and citizens would be more likely to repeat past mistakes. I'm delighted that my publishers are backing this important initiative'
Professor Michael Cox, AcSS, editor International Politics Journal

'Social sciences are crucial for understanding ourselves and our societies, and designing appropriate policies on important problems. Their neglect largely accounts for the mess successive governments have made in Britain and elsewhere. Palgrave Macmillan are one of our most distinguished publishers and have over the years done stirling work in promoting the growth of social sciences. I am therefore delighted that they are sponsoring the campaign."
Professor Lord Bhikhu Parkh, AcSS, author of 'Rethinking Multiculturalism' and 'A New Politics of Identity'

'As an academic whose work informs social work practice, that is practice that deals with social ills and issues in our society, I am committed to the generation of accessible social sciences. This is particularly important at a time when political parties are vying to define society and government demands evidence for policy and practice.. The range of texts from Palgrave is vital for the dissemination of theory and knowledge generated by social sciences. to support both academia and the professions. Their involvement in this campaign is therefore invaluable'
Professor Joan Orme, AcSS, co-author of 'Developing Research Based Social Work Practice'