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Political Methodology: An Overview

John E. Jackson

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294719.003.0032
 Political Methodology: An Overview

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Reviews methodological techniques available across the discipline of political science. Econometrics and political science methods include structural equation estimations, time‐series analysis, and non‐linear models. Alternative approaches analyse public preferences, political institutions, and path dependence political economy modelling. The drawbacks of these methods are examined by questioning their underlying assumptions and examining their consequences. While there is cause for concern, solace lies in the fact that these problems are also faced across other disciplines.

Keywords: econometrics; methodology; non‐linear models; path dependency; political economy; political science; structural equations; time‐series analysis

Chapter.  13441 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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