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The study of politics : a short survey of core approaches /
Greg Pyrcz.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
description
213 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1442601434, 9781442601437
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author
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
isbn
1442601434
9781442601437
standard identifier
40019453197
catalogue key
7864701
 
Also issued in electronic formats.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Greg Pyrcz is a Professor of Political Science at Acadia University.
Reviews
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In this brief book, Greg Pyrcz successfully presents core approaches from rational choice to critical ecology. His writing is clear without oversimplifying the material or ignoring the nuances of theories. He is particularly adept at identifying the fundamental features, assumptions, and philosophical premises of each appraoch. The Study of Politicsis a very useful text for second- or third-year courses in methods and approaches to political science and is also accessible enough to be assigned in an introductory course.
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Summaries
Main Description
The Study of Politicsexplores and addresses the implications of committing to specific principles and methodologies in political science research, while offering balanced assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Pyrcz also considers the assumptions regarding human agency inherent to each approach and attends more generally to the state of political science as a discipline. Readers will gain a strong foundation in theoretical work and a greater appreciation for its practical value. The Study of Politicsboth challenges and enables students of politics and government to conduct research with a deeper awareness of the intellectual traditions underlying their work.
Main Description
The Study of Politics explores and addresses the implications of committing to specific principles and methodologies in political science research, while offering balanced assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Pyrcz also considers the assumptions regarding human agency inherent to each approach and attends more generally to the state of political science as a discipline.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction to the Study of Politicsp. 1
The Origins of the Disciplinep. 5
The Language of Politics: Power, Influence, Legitimacy, and Authorityp. 8
Folk Theories of Political Agencyp. 11
Sources of Political conductp. 13
Five Modes of Inquiryp. 16
The Normative in Political Studiesp. 19
A Taxonomy of Core Approachesp. 21
Conclusionp. 24
Further Readingp. 25
Three Traditional Approachesp. 27
Regime Theoryp. 28
Analytical Philosophyp. 48
Conclusionp. 54
Further Readingp. 55
The Science of Political Studiesp. 57
Institutionalismp. 58
Group Theoryp. 65
Power Theoryp. 72
Structural Functionalismp. 79
Systems theoryp. 87
Rational Choice theoryp. 95
Behaviouralismp. 103
Sociobiologyp. 110
Conclusionp. 112
Further Readingp. 113
Interpretive Political Studiesp. 117
Textual Analysisp. 121
(Political) Cultural Studiesp. 128
Linguistic structuralismp. 135
Interpretive Psychoanalysisp. 138
Conclusionp. 141
Further Readingp. 143
Critical Political Studiesp. 145
Structualist Marxismp. 147
Critical Psychoanalysis: The Frankfurt School and Existentialist Psychologyp. 155
Feminist Analysisp. 163
Critical Race Theoryp. 169
Postmodernismp. 174
Critical Ecologyp. 181
Conclusionp. 185
Further Readingp. 186
A Short conclusionp. 189
Intellectual Pluralismp. 190
Hybrid approachesp. 191
Multidisciplinarity and Interdisciplinarityp. 193
Narrowing the Disciplinep. 195
Other Lines of Responsep. 197
A Little More Pedagogyp. 198
Indexp. 201
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