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PLAAS Annual Report 2013

by Rebecca Pointer in 2014
Annual Report 2013

Our work in 2013 stems from the conviction that sensible and just social policies need to be based, not only on the interests of global corporations, but on the insights and analyses that can arise out of high-quality social science research. Such research often complicates the simple stories politicians and corporate spin doctors try to tell, but they are essential if we are to avoid being captured by reductive ideology, whether from the left or the right. Neither the political narratives of populist demagogues nor the dreams of technical fixes brought about by an elite of experts are if any help if we are to craft policies and political responses appropriate to these rapidly changing and complex times. In this past year, PLAAS has remained true to its creed of doing research that is politically engaged, critically useful, empirically founded and theoretically rigorous.