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A model discipline : political science and the logic of representations

Author: Kevin A Clarke; David M Primo
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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Political scientists use models to investigate and illuminate causal mechanisms, generate comparative data, and more. But how do we justify and rationalize the method? Why test predictions from a deductive, and thus truth-preserving, system? Primo and Clarke tackle these central questions in this novel work of methodology.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Clarke, Kevin A.
Model discipline.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011015267
(OCoLC)712983605
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin A Clarke; David M Primo
ISBN: 9780199932399 0199932395 9780199700325 019970032X
OCLC Number: 794734738
Description: 1 online resource (x, 220 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; 1 A Model Discipline; 1.1 The Model in Political Science; 1.2 Metaphors and Analogies, Fables and Fictions; 1.3 The Broad Themes of the Book; 1.4 Plan of the Book; 1.5 What This Book Is Not; 2 The Science in Political Science; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 What Political Scientists Say They Are Doing; 2.3 Hypothetico-Deductivism; 2.4 Problems with H-D; 2.5 How We Got Here; 2.6 Conclusion; 3 What Is a Model?; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Models as Maps; 3.3 A Few Examples From Political Science; 3.4 The Received View of Scientific Theories. 3.5 The Semantic Conception of Scientific Theories3.6 The Model-Based View of Scientific Theories; 3.7 Models and Theories; 3.8 Conclusion; 4 Theoretical Models; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Aspects of Theoretical Models; 4.3 The Purposes of Models; 4.4 Judging a Theoretical Model; 4.5 Conclusion; 5 Empirical Models; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 What Is an Empirical Model?; 5.3 The Purposes of Empirical Models; 5.4 The Illogic of Theory Testing; 5.5 The Other Uses of Empirical Modeling; 5.6 Conclusion; 6 Explanation; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Existing Justifications For Linking Theoretical and Empirical Models. 6.3 Explanation6.4 Models as Explanations; 6.5 Choosing among Explanations; 6.6 Conclusion; 7 Conclusion; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Review of the Argument; 7.3 Issues and Counterarguments; Notes; Bibliography; Name Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; Subject Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W.
Responsibility: Kevin A. Clarke and David M. Primo.

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Political scientists use models to investigate and illuminate causal mechanisms, generate comparative data, and more. But how do we justify and rationalize the method? Why test predictions from a deductive, and thus truth-preserving, system? Primo and Clarke tackle these central questions in this novel work of methodology.

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This smart book proposes two things simultaneously for political scientists. First, we ought to have a consensus on what we should not do with our models, and that is we should not insist on testing Read more...

 
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