chapter  15
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Approaches for Getting Involved in Family Policy: Advocacy or Education

If the methods of social science were utilized, we could develop more scientifi c lawmaking.

Legislatures could operate like laboratories with laws enacted as a “series of exhaustive

experiments.”

—Lester Ward (1893, cited in Smith, 1991, p. 32)

The place of [experts] was “advisors to the leaders” . . . and politicians were free to use or

reject that advice as they saw fi t. “They were leaders” . . . [and] “I was an intellectual.”