Piecemeal Social Engineering

Discipline: Political Science, Sociology

Theory of proper method of social reform employed by Austrian philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994).

Rather than engage in grand schemes, government should deal with problems as they emerge, and respond to social or economic deficiencies in an ad hoc manner.

Piecemeal social engineering was a concept favored by those attracted to the idea of an end of ideology.

Roger Scruton, A Dictionary of Political Thought (London, 1987)


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