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A reappraisal of methodology in the social sciences with specific proposals for modifications of traditional procedures. The paper suggests that social scientists explore the possibilities of operations research approaches, of operational model building, and of expert opinion. It also suggests procedures in the areas of urban renewal, educational reform, political, and long-range economic forecasting.

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