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A Discipline Divided

Schools and Sects in Political Science


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A Discipline Divided by Gabriel Abraham Almond
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This volume contains a collection of articles that seek to explain the emergence and divergence of the two dominant camps of political science: ideology and methodology. The author examines the "hard" versus "soft" science argument, the history of model-fitting in studies of communism studies, the strengths and weaknesses of the rational choice movement and the historical forces and processes that have shaped political culture. Part 2 addresses the problem of transmission of methods and findings within the discipline. The author asserts that a wide gulf exists between pre- and post-1965 scholars. He discusses the current emphasis on pluralism among political theorists in Communist countries while a corresponding evaluation of this concept is occurring among American scholars. He concludes with an evaluation of the neo-statist movement and the evaluation of political development. An appendix covers the culture of the Chicago School.
Release date NZ
January 30th, 1990
Country of Publication
United States
SAGE Publications Inc
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