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The Philosophy and Methods of Political Science

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Pages: 296
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Political Analysis

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08 December 2015

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08 December 2015

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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. Cutting through long-standing controversies across different theoretical camps within the...

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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. Cutting through long-standing controversies across different theoretical camps within the discipline, Dowding provides an innovative and pluralistic argument for the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches. He offers an analysis of, and a counterbalance to, debates over causal explanation, defending a scientific realist perspective that is open to entirely different methods.

Following an introduction to the major 'isms' of modern political science and international relations, the book takes an incisive look at the nature of explanations and generalizations, theory testing, mechanisms, causation, process tracing, interpretation and conceptual analysis. It enables students of political science methodologies and related disciplines to apply sharp analysis and in-depth philosophical understanding to their study of political events and structures. Concluding with chapters on normative political philosophy and the vocation of the political scientist, this is a thought-provoking and wide-ranging text that will make essential reading and will undoubtedly shape the field.

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An innovative and lively assessment of a variety of Political Science methods and the philosophy that underpins them
Written by a prominent academic and expert in political research
Engages with the main debates in the philosophy of political research

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.
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Keith Dowding is Professor of Political Science at Australian National University, and was previously Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, UK. He has written many articles for major political science and political philosophy journals as well as books including Exits, Voices and Social Investment (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Accounting for Ministers (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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Keith Dowding is Professor of Political Science at Australian National University, and was previously Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, UK. He has written many articles for major political science and political philosophy journals as well as books including Exits, Voices and Social Investment (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Accounting for Ministers (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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