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The philosophy and methods of political science

Author: Keith M Dowding
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Palgrave, 2016. ©2016
Series: Political analysis (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A short, lively and innovative text, this book addresses the question of what constitutes good practice in a variety of political science methods and examines the philosophy that underpins them. It argues for a pluralistic approach that will deliver effective analysis and an in-depth understanding of political events"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith M Dowding
ISBN: 9781403904461 1403904464 9781403904478 1403904472
OCLC Number: 917340732
Description: xv, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Isms --
3. What Is an Explanation? --
4. What Is a Theory? --
5. Hypotheses and Theory Testing --
6. Narratives, Mechanisms and Causation --
7. Methods and Methodologies --
8. Concepts and Conceptual Analysis --
9. Analytic Political Philosophy --
10. Political Science as a Vocation.
Series Title: Political analysis (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Responsibility: Keith Dowding.

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This original account of the role of philosophy and methodology in political science gets back to the basics of studying politics. It enables students of political science methodologies and related  Read more...

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