Political Behavior: Institutional and Experiential Approaches

Patrick Dunleavy

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Political Behavior: Institutional and Experiential Approaches

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Traces political behaviour research as a gradual shift from modernism to post‐modernism, reflected in the use of positivist methodologies in institutional approaches to methodological pluralism and experimental methods. Following this underlying shift from parsimony to complexity, a current stagnation in political behaviour research is highlighted. Urges the integration and combination of insights from theoretical approaches, rather than a shift towards the wholesale relativism of post‐modern critiques.

Keywords: experimental methods; institutionalism; methodological pluralism; modernism; political behaviour; positivism; post‐modernism; relativism

Chapter.  7184 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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