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Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations
     

Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations

by R. Lebow (Editor), M. Lichbach (Editor), Mark Lichbach
 

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This book explores the epistemology and the methodology of political knowledge and social inquiry: what can we know, and how do we know? Contributing authors offer answers, addressing the purpose and methods of research and analyzing concepts, including the relationship of theory and evidence and the importance of medicine to social science.

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This book explores the epistemology and the methodology of political knowledge and social inquiry: what can we know, and how do we know? Contributing authors offer answers, addressing the purpose and methods of research and analyzing concepts, including the relationship of theory and evidence and the importance of medicine to social science.

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"Theory and Evidence provides a much-needed overview of the post-positivist developments in the philosophy of science that are pushing social scientists to re-examine their epistemological and methodological commitments. The essays are accessible and yet informed by a challenging philosophical literature on such subjects as scientific realism and naturalism. Although the editors and contributors range from neo-positivist to interpretivist views, they directly engage one another rather than speaking past each other, and they avoid either Procrustean resolutions or ambiguous compromises among their diverse perspectives. What emerges is a lively and open-minded dialogue that deserves a wide audience in research design and philosophy of social science courses not just in political science, but in economics, sociology, history, and anthropology."

- Andrew Bennett, Professor of Government, Georgetown University'At last, a book that sets forth the terms of a challenging dialogue about the epistemological and ontological foundations of empirical political inquiry. A superb antidote for that large body of empirical research that is mired in a naive positivism long abandoned by philosophy of science, supported by a brilliant case for tolerant methodological pluralism.'

- David Easton, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California, Irvine and Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403976611
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
New Visions in Security Series
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ned Lebow is the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and a fellow of the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is past president of the International Society of Political Psychology and currently an Alexander Onassis Fellow of Classical Studies. His The Tragic Vision of Politics: Ethics, Interests and Orders (2003) won the Alexander L. George Award of the International Society of Political Psychology for the best book in the field. More recently, he has authored Conflict, Cooperation and Ethics (2006) and co-edited Unmaking the West: "What-If" Scenarios that Rewrite World History (2006) and The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (2006).

Mark Irving Lichbach is Professor and Chair of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. (1973) from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an M.A. (1975) from Brown University, and a Ph.D. (1978) in political science from Northwestern University. A theorist interested in social choice and a comparativist interested in globalization, Lichbach explores the connections between collective action theories and political conflict as well as the connections between collective choice theories and democratic institutions. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning The Rebel's Dilemma, and of numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals in political science, economics, and sociology. His work has been supported by NSF and private foundations. Lichbach, who was Book Review Editor of the American Political Science Review (1994-2001), served as chair of two other political science departments: the University of Colorado (1995-1998) and the University of California-Riverside (1998-2001).

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