Corporatism and Neo-Liberalism
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John Goldthorpe's work has set an exacting standard of empirical rig our and analysis which makes him a formidable model for any social scientist. However, while his work is concerned with empirical explanation, this does not mean that it does not have considerable salience for social and political philosophy. It is on its importance in this field that I want to concentrate in this chapter. As a self-confessed good Popperian in his approach to science, he has been concerned to preserve three precepts as central to scientific method: the search for hypotheses which are capable of being falsified by empirical evidence; the rejection of historicism, i.e. that there can be no way of predicting the future state of society by discovering some large-scale trends at work in society; and the separation of facts and values. He says that, qua sociologist, he has no more and no less to say about the desirable state of human society than the man who cleans his street. A social and political vision cannot be derived from sociology, it is a matter for political action which, it would appear, depends upon the preferences of individuals. In this context the social scientist has no particular authority.