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Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics

ISBN-10: 0521831741

ISBN-13: 9780521831741

Edition: 2004

Authors: Ian Shapiro, Rogers M. Smith, Tarek E. Masoud

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The study of politics seems endlessly beset by debates about method. This text offers original discussions, eschewing narrow methodological diatribes to explore what political science is and how political scientists show aspire to do their work.
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List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/9/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Tarek Masoud is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His writings on political Islam, Egyptian politics, and US foreign policy have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, the Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and received the 2009 Aaron Wildavsky Prize for best dissertation in religion and politics from the American Political Science Association. He is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, and the Harvard Medical School, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a PhD from Yale University and an AH from Brown University, both in political science.

Introduction: problems and methods in the study of politics
Description, Explanation, and Agency
Problems, methods and theories in the study of politics, or: What's wrong with political science and what to do about it
Of problems and methods: identities, interests, and the tasks of political science in the 21st century
Political science as a vocation
The politics of policy science
The study of black politics and the practice of black politics: their historical relation and evolution
External and internal explanation
Redeeming Rational Choice Theory?
Lies, damned lies, and rational choice analyses
On problems and methods
An analytic narrative approach to puzzles and problems
The methodical study of politics
Possibilities for Pluralism and Convergence
The illusion of learning from observational research
Concepts and commitments in the study of democracy
Problems chasing methods or methods chasing problems, research communities, constrained pluralism, and the role of eclecticism
Method, problem, faith
Provisionalism in the study of politics
What have we learned?