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Political Science in History : Research Programs and Political Traditions - John S. Dryzek

Political Science in History

Research Programs and Political Traditions

By: John S. Dryzek (Editor), James Farr (Editor), Stephen T. Leonard (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd October 1995
ISBN: 9780521479554
Number Of Pages: 378

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The guiding theme of this volume is that contemporary political science owes much of its present character to its past. In twelve previously unpublished essays, the contributors - all practising political scientists - explore the emergence and transformation of political traditions and research programmes that have helped make political science what it is today. Included are histories of political themes and ideals (democracy, race, political education), conceptual and philosophical frameworks (the state and pluralism, behaviouralism, policy analysis, public opinion, biology and politics), and theoretical projects and programmes (realism in international relations, spatial theory of elections, rational choice and historical approaches to institutional analysis). Each essay provides special insight and a distinct approach to particular episodes, moments, trends, and aspects of the history of academic political science; the volume as a whole provides a general overview of the history of the discipline and the variety of ways disciplinary history can illuminate the present.

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"...this book should be read by anyone interested in the history--present and future--of the social sciences generally. It exemplifies new maturity and sophistication in the telling and mining of the discipline's own checkered history. Furthering the promise of a reasoned discourse about the social sciences in America, it reflects the many dilemmas inherent in contemporary social and political inquiry." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Editor's introduction
The declination of the state and the origins of American pluralism
An ambivalent alliance: political science and American democracy
The pedagogical purposes of a political science
Public opinion in modern political science
Disciplining Darwin: biology in the history of political science
Race and political science: the dual traditions of race relations politics and African-American politics
Realism in international relations
Remembering the revolution: behavioralism in American political science
Policy analysis and public life: the restoration of phronesis?
The development of the spatial theory of elections
Studying institutions: some lessons from the rational choice approach
Order and time in institutional study: a brief for the historical approach
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ISBN: 9780521479554
ISBN-10: 052147955X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 2nd October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.32  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.54

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