Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science by Ellen Grigsby

Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science by Ellen Grigsby

By Ellen Grigsby

A short, available, yet really subtle review of political technology that encourages severe, self sufficient pondering, studying POLITICS, Fourth version, provides a transparent define of the self-discipline of political technology. this article is outstanding for its early insurance of tools and idea and using a case learn approach--introduced and used to procure in-depth information regarding a specific topic whereas additionally pointing to its obstacles. whereas the textual content covers primary ideas with modern, political examples, discussions of feminism and environmentalism supply a special departure from different texts and a different chance to you as a political technology scholar.

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Idols come in many forms—stereotypes, prejudices, and biases among them. In contrast, science, with its empiricism and logical methods of data analysis, can offer an alternative to such distortions. THINKING SCIENTIFICALLY ABOUT POLITICS Political scientists use the scientific method in a variety of ways. A political scientist interested in international politics may wish to find out how countries become democratic. S. presidents develop strategies for managing unruly press conferences, or how a member of Congress can sabotage a bill he or she despises.

2 Case Studies Suppose you are a political scientist wishing to describe the impact of poverty on individuals. Surveys, indirect quantitative analysis, experiments, and case studies could be used. How would you select among these approaches? If you wish to show depth and intensity, a case study approach might be the logical choice. Consider the picture Barbara Robinette Moss presents. In her autobiography, she describes the following event from her childhood. It was 1962, and she was living with her mother and six siblings in Eastaboga, Alabama.

The dismissals are not based on empiricism but on the upholding of Baconian idols. It has become an idol of social science, Spence teaches, that hierarchy and power are inevitable in human society. Evidence to the contrary (altruism, relationships of affection rather than power, and so on) is dismissed as trivial and irrelevant. 73 Can Science Avoid Coming into Conflict with Ethics? Insofar as the scientific method upholds the distinction between normative and empirical issues and calls on scientists to avoid making judgments about facts (pronouncing that the facts are good or bad), science proclaims the importance of value neutrality.

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