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A Discipline Divided : Schools and Sects in Political Science - Gabriel Abraham Almond

A Discipline Divided

Schools and Sects in Political Science

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Published: 1st January 1990
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This volume contains a collection of articles that seek to explain the emergence and divergence of the two dominant camps of political science: ideology and methodology. The author examines the "hard" versus "soft" science argument, the history of model-fitting in studies of communism studies, the strengths and weaknesses of the rational choice movement and the historical forces and processes that have shaped political culture. Part 2 addresses the problem of transmission of methods and findings within the discipline. The author asserts that a wide gulf exists between pre- and post-1965 scholars. He discusses the current emphasis on pluralism among political theorists in Communist countries while a corresponding evaluation of this concept is occurring among American scholars. He concludes with an evaluation of the neo-statist movement and the evaluation of political development. An appendix covers the culture of the Chicago School.

Part 1 Political science as science: separate tales, schools and sects in political science; clouds, clocks and the study of politics; model fitting in communism studies; rational choice theory and the social sciences; the study of political culture; communism and political culture theory. Part 2 Generations and professional memory: corporatism, pluralism and professional memory; the return to the state; the development of political development; the international-national connection.

ISBN: 9780803933026
ISBN-10: 0803933029
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.77 x 14.15  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.5