Social Policy Without Invariance

Leonardo Ivarola


Invariant knowledge is widely considered an effective tool for social policy implementation. This approach is associated with a mode of thought that presupposes (at least) two assumptions: (1) that there exist stable causal factors, and (2) that only one kind of intervention - ex-ante - is relevant for an effective implementation. This paper presents a critique to these assumptions. In particular, it is shown that social processes do not fit the logic of stable causal factors, but they are more suited to the logic of "open-ended-results". On the basis of this ontological variation it will be argued that more than knowledge of invariant factors, the support for an effective policy must be sought in the blueprint constraints and in the possibility of their being satisfied in the target system. Furthermore, it will be shown that permanent interventions are more appropriate than ex-ante interventions for the social realm.

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Filosofía de la Economía, revista del Centro de Investigación en Epistemología de las Ciencias Económicas, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad de Buenos Aires. ISSN 2314-3592 (Impreso)/ISSN 2314-3606 (En línea) Av. Córdoba 2122, 1º piso Aula 111, (C1120AAQ) C.A.B.A.