Politics and Scientific Enquiry

James M. Buchanan

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Politics and Scientific Enquiry

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This article studies politics and scientific inquiry. It first determines what the state is, and examines the ethical norms for guiding the behaviour of decision-makers. The unitary-mind model is discussed in one section, and this is followed by the theory of ‘democratic’ politics. The object of collective action, normative relevance, and the operational science of politics are some of the topics discussed in this article.

Keywords: scientific inquiry; politics; ethical norms; unitary-mind model; theory of democratic politics; object of collective action; normative relevance; operational science of politics

Article.  6826 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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