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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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Political Theory: Empirical Political Theory

Political Theory: Empirical Political Theory

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(p.519) Chapter 22 Political Theory: Empirical Political Theory
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A New Handbook of Political Science
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Klaus von Beyme

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294719.003.0022

Provides a chronology of shifting paradigms, tracing a shift from ‘grand ideas’ to empirical studies. These changes are not universal, seen in the ‘geography of paradigm shifts’ of France, Germany, Britain, and the USA. Methodological approaches are situated within a framework of comparisons of the micro or the macro, and systems or actors. A minimal consensus is developing, in the theme of communitarianism. Empirical political theory reflects the revival of old positions in new formats, unlike the Kuhnian paradigmatic revolutions of the natural sciences.

Keywords:   Britain, communitarianism, empiricism, France, Germany, Marxism, paradigms, positivism, USA

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