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Science  06 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5527, pp. 53
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062054

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Making Social Science Matter Why Social Inquiry Fails and How It Can Succeed Again. Bent Flyvbjerg. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001. 214 pp. $54.95, £37.50. ISBN 0-521-77268-0. Paper, $19.95, £13.95. ISBN 0-521-77568-X.

Deploying theoretical arguments, methodological guidelines, and examples drawn from his practical experiences in planning and development, Flyvbjerg argues that the social sciences will best be advanced by abandoning the aspiration to resemble natural science.