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Political Methodology, Old and New

Hayward R. Alker

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/10.1093/0198294719.003.0035
 Political Methodology, Old and New

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Theoretical considerations and epistemological issues are not new in political science. They can be traced to the methodological innovators Aristotle and Weber. However, contemporary political science is beset with an inauthenticity malaise. Even as methods have become more sophisticated, so specificational uncertainties have persisted. The future of political methodology should be developed by combining Weberian understanding with methodological explanation, and by the appreciation of a broader conception of political science, based upon an integrated conception of data, theory and value, empiricism, criticism, and constructivism.

Keywords: Aristotle; constructivism; criticism; empiricism; epistemology; inauthenticity; methodology; political science; Max Weber

Chapter.  4689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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