In Chapter One of “Theories and Methods in Political Science”, Sanders focuses on a central question of “why do people behave in the way they do?” In behavioral analysis, it is important to focus on observable behavior. Observable behavior is crucial because it centers in on why people do what they do, not what people think internally. Any explanation of this behavior is subject to empirical testing; meaning any actual experience is worth far more than a theory. Behaviorists have considered political participation (such as voting, protests, riots, and strikes), elite political behavior (a leaders view versus a leaders actions), collective behavior (special interest groups), and international relations (state actions).1 All these groups have specific experiences linked to them, making it easier to analyze the behavior. For example, behaviorists may look at the voting patterns among young adults across the country.
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As Donald Green and Ian Shapiro argue, the weaknesses of rational choice scholarship are rooted in the aspiration of rational choice theorists to come up with universal theories of politics, “which leads many rational choice theorists to pursue even more subtle forms of theory elaboration, with little attention to how these theories m... ... middle of paper ... ...tional Choice Controversy: Economic Models of Politics Reconsidered. New Haven: Yale University Press Green, Donald P. and Ian Shapiro. 1994. Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science. New Haven: Yale University Press Green, Donald P. and Ian Shapiro.
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What purpose should political knowledge serve (the normative question)? Yet few of today’s hard scientists offer sophisticated answers to these questions because one by-product of their hegemony in the discipline has been the banishment of political philosophy to the margins of the curriculum. Indeed, political philosophy is the most distinguished victim of today’s “normal science.” This essay offers graduate students a program by which to test the claims of hard science in a radical manner. It demonstrates how reflection on personal experience, the study of history, and the study of philosophy offer different ways of scrutinizing the ideology of hard science. Each raises formidable challenges to the hard-scientific project.
Although the New Public Management often is associated with such a perspective on a policy level, New Public Management is not about whether tasks should be undertaken or not. It is about getting things done better. New Public Management was devised as a means to improve efficiency and responsiveness to political changes. Its origins were in parliamentary democracies with excessively strong executive powers, centralized governments, and not much administrative law. In this setting, New Public Management embodies the idea of a chain of contracts leading to a single ministerial person who is interested in getting better results within a sector over which he or she has significant and relatively unchallenged control.
Benjamin Ginsberg, “Polling and the Transformation of Public Opinion”. Allan Cigler and Burdett Loomis, American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 4th ed. Boston: Houghton Miflin Company, 1999, pp. 124 – 137. Charles Kenney, “They’ve Got Your Number”.
To deeply explain such, Colin Hay considered a brief and concise introduction on the nature of political analysis before acquainting the readers the core theoretical aspects of political analysis, which have come to delineate the mainstream argument and debate in political science and international relations today. Colin Hay has narrowed down the diverse theoretical perspectives into three distinct analytical traditions – rationalism, behavioralism, and institutionalism. Political analysis generally explores the diversity of analytical strategies available. Political analysis discusses the feasible and appealing yet authentic and primitive remarks and different contribution to the critical study of political institutions, political structures, political ideas and behaviors, and above all, more importantly, to th... ... middle of paper ... ...nd travelling, and also how concepts evolved and emerged over time. Part of the theoretical exploration reflects upon the history of the subject of political studies as a self-standing discipline and will consider how diverse approaches to political analysis are based upon distinct ontological and epistemological positions.
Thomas Hobbes: Political Ideas in Historical Context. Palgrave Macmillian, 1992. Jonathan Wolff. An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Oxford University Press, 1996.