The Public Interest

The Professionalization of Reform II

Daniel P. Moynihan

Fall 1995

THIRTY years ago, in the first article of the first issue of The Public Interest, I published some observations on “The Professionalization of Reform,” which 30 years later can be read, selectively, without overmuch embarrassment. The essay began with a passage from Wesley C. Mitchell, who had been for near quarter a century (1920-1945) director of research at the National Bureau of Economic Research, then based at Columbia University. 

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