Social Science Quote: Democracy

The Social Science Quote of Week is about the value of the social sciences. This comes from Professor Helga, President of the European Research Council.

The value of social science and humanities. Professor of Social Science Helga Nowotny. Image: Social Science Insights

“The social sciences and humanities produce knowledge and insights about our societies and our past, our complex relations to each other and to our environment. They are crucial to building, understanding and improving those institutions that are the backbone of democracy. They enrich our understanding of how modern economies function or, as during the recent financial crisis, how and why they fail. They critically reflect on the consequences of industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth. They provide the intellectual power to respond to some of the most pressing challenges facing our world.” – Professor Helga. Via The Guardian

Learn More: How Social Science Helps Democracy