The Oxford Handbook of Political Science

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Drawing on the rich resources of the ten-volume series of The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, this one-volume distillation provides a comprehensive overview of all the main branches of contemporary political science: political theory; political institutions; political behavior; comparative politics; international relations; political economy; law and politics; public policy; contextual political analysis; and political methodology. Sixty-seven of the top political scientists worldwide survey recent developments in those fields and provide penetrating introductions to exciting new fields of study. Following in the footsteps of the New Handbook of Political Science edited by Robert Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann a decade before, this Oxford Handbook of Political Science will become an indispensable guide to the scope and methods of political science as a whole. It will serve as the reference book of record for political scientists and for those following their work for years to come.

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"A concise and solid introduction to political science and its ten sub-disciplines. The assembly of scholars from leading US, European, and Australian universities and research centers provides the reader with diverse perspectives and awareness of current scholarship. Entries are heavily cited and provide a concise roadmap of key scholars, theories, and current developments within each area...Highly recommended."—CHOICE

"Robert Goodin has put together a superb volume: truly a collection of the very best from the already outstanding chapters in the original ten volumes. The authors—the most prominent and authoritative experts from all over the world—provide not only a comprehensive and systematic assessment of what political science has already accomplished but also a guide to where the discipline should be heading in the future. Political scientists in all fields will welcome this immensely valuable effort."—Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California-San Diego

"Anyone who wants to know the state of the art in political science and where the discipline is headed, but only consult one volume, need go no further than these authoritative essays by first rate contributors. "—Carole Pateman, Research Professor, School of European Studies, Cardiff University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199562954
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 1310
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Social & Political Theory and Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and general editor of the ten-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. His work straddles democratic theory (eg. Reflective Democracy, OUP 2003), empirical welfare-state studies (eg. The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism; Discretionary Time) and theoretical reflections on public policy (eg. Social Welfare as an Individual Responsibility; What's Wrong with Terrorism? ).

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Table of Contents

About the Contributors
1. The State of the Discipline, the Discipline of the State, Robert E. Goodin
2. Overview of Political Theory, John S. Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips
3. Normative Methodology, Russell Hardin
4. Theory in History: Problems with Context and Narrative, J.G.A. Pocock
5. Justice After Rawls, Richard J. Arneson
6. Modernity and its Critics, Jane Bennett
7. Old Institutionalisms: An Overview, R.A.W. Rhodes
8. Elaborating the "New Institutionalism", James G. March and Johan P. Olsen
9. Comparative Constitutions, Josep M. Colomer
10. Political Parties In and Out of Legislatures, John H. Aldrich
11. The Regulatory State?, John Braithwaite
12. Overview of Law and Politics: The Study of Law and Politics, Keith E. Whittington, R. Daniel Kelemen and Gregory A. Caldeira
13. The Judicialization of Politics, Ran Hirschl
14. Judicial Behavior, Jeffrey A. Segal
15. Law and Society, Lynn Mather
16. Feminist Theory and the Law, Judith A. Baer
17. Overview of Political Behavior: Political Behavior and Citizen Politics, Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann
18. Political Psychology and Choice, Diana C. Mutz
19. Votes and Parties, Anne Wren and Kenneth M. Mcelwain
20. Comparative Legislative Behavior, Eric M. Uslaner and Thomas Zittel
21. Political Intolerance in the Context of Democratic Theory, James L. Gibson
22. Overview of Contextual Political Analysis: It Depends, Charles Tilly and Robert E. Goodin
23. Political Ontology, Colin Hay
24. The Logic of Appropriateness, James G. March and Johan P. Olsen
25. Why and How Place Matters, Göran Therborn
26. Why and How History Matters, Charles Tilly
27. Overview of Comparative Politics, Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes
28. War, Trade and State Formation, Hendrik Spruyt
29. What Causes Democratization?, Barbara Geddes
30. Party Systems, Herbert Kitschelt
31. Political Clientelism, Susan C. Stokes
32. Overview of International Relations: Between Utopia and Reality, Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal
33. The New Liberalism, Andrew Moravcsik
34. The English School, Tim Dunne
35. From International Relations to Global Society, Michael Barnett and Kathryn Sikkink
36. Big Questions in the Study of World Politics, Robert O. Keohane
37. Six Wishes for a More Relevant Discipline of International Relations, Steve Smith
38. Overview of Political Economy: The Reach of Political Economy, Barry R. Weingast and Donald A. Wittman
39. Economic Methods in Positive Political Theory, David Austen-Smith
40. Capitalism and Democracy, Torben Iversen
41. Politics, Delegation and Bureaucracy, John D. Huber and Charles R. Shipan
42. The Evolutionary Basis of Collective Action, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
43. Overview of Public Policy: The Public and Its Policies, Robert E. Goodin, Michael Moran and Martin Rein
44. Social and Cultural Factors: Constraining and Enabling, Davis B. Bobrow
45. Policy Dynamics, Eugene Bardach
46. Reframing Problematic Policies, Martin Rein
47. Reflections on Policy Analysis: Putting it Together Again, Rudolf Klein and Theodore R. Marmor
48. Overview of Political Methodology: Post-behavioral Movements and Trends, Henry E. Brady, David Collier and Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier
49. Causation and Explanation in Social Science, Henry E. Brady
50. Field Experiments and Natural Experiments, Alan S. Gerber and Donald P. Green
51. The Case Study: What It Is and What It Does, John Gerring
52. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, David D. Laitin and James D. Fearon
APPENDIX: Tables of Contents of the Other Ten Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

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