Theory and Methods in Political Science / Edition 3

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The systematically revised third edition of the leading text on approaches and methods in political science features a considerable internatizationization in both the team of contributors and the range of coverage and examples. About half the chapters are entirely new and the rest are substantially revised and updated.

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Discusses various approaches to political science including the feminist perspective, rational choice theory, and discourse theory. Outlines theories of state--pluralism, elitism, and Marxism--and examines the convergence between these theories. Also covers methodological issues. Includes explanatory boxes and tables, and numerous chapter headings and subheadings for finding specific information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A very useful and accessible text which delivers between two covers an in-depth introduction both to approaches and theories and to methods and research design. Its comprehensive coverage and user friendliness will make this new 3rd edition most attractive for students across a wide range of courses." —Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"An excellent introduction to theory and methods in which a distinguished group of scholars present and discuss eight theoretical approaches and seven methods for addressing key questions in Political Science. It will be valuable for both graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty who want to gain a broad overview of contemporary Political Science and its historical roots." —Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University

Praise for the first edition:
"[A]n excellent overview of modern political science... extremely useful... for introducing students to the complexities of theories and methods" —Martin J. Smith, British Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230576278
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: Political Analysis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,185,107
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID MARSH is Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton.

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Table of Contents

List of tables and figures
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 Normative Theory 21
2 The Institutional Approach 42
3 Behavioural Analysis 58
4 Rational Choice Theory 76
5 The Feminist Perspective 94
6 Discourse Theory 115
7 Qualitative Analysis 137
8 Quantitative Methods 154
9 The Comparative Method 173
10 Structure and Agency 189
11 Pluralism 209
12 Elitism 228
13 Marxism 248
14 The Convergence between Theories of the State 268
Conclusions 288
Bibliography 298
Index 320
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