chapter  5
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Models or muddles? Towards a strategy for social work and research

General Nature of Scientific Method The claim has been made that the methods of science are essentially the same, irrespective of the subject-matter of the field of operation. The effectiveness of operational research applied to wartime problems has been noted and it was suggested that the same methods as were used for purposes of destruction could be just as effectively used for purposes of social construction. Can these claims be substantiated? Can the techniques, not only of operational research, but of operational policy and theory, provide any guidance to the solution of problems of social action in peace?