Methods and Models: A Guide to the Empirical Analysis of Formal Models in Political Science / Edition 1

Methods and Models: A Guide to the Empirical Analysis of Formal Models in Political Science / Edition 1

by Rebecca B. Morton
     
 

ISBN-10: 052163394X

ISBN-13: 9780521633949

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

At present much of political science consists of a large body of formal theoretical work that remains largely unexplored empirically and an expanding use of sophisticated statistical techniques. While there are examples of noteworthy efforts to bridge the gap between these, there is still a need for much more cooperative work between formal theorists and empirical

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Overview

At present much of political science consists of a large body of formal theoretical work that remains largely unexplored empirically and an expanding use of sophisticated statistical techniques. While there are examples of noteworthy efforts to bridge the gap between these, there is still a need for much more cooperative work between formal theorists and empirical researchers in the discipline. This book explores how empirical analysis has, can, and should be used to evaluate formal models in political science. These developments, if combined, are potentially a basis for a new revolution in political science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521633949
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Political science's dilemma; Part II. Formal Models in Political Science: 2. What makes a model formal?; 3. The variety of formal models; Part III. Empirical Evaluation of Formal Models: 4. Fundamentals of empirical evaluation; 5. Evaluating assumptions; 6. Evaluating predictions: equilibria, disequilibria, and multiequilibria; 7. Evaluating relationship predictions; 8. Evaluating alternative models; Part IV. A Second Revolution: 9. The present and the future; 10. References.

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