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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 Methodology, Old and New

Political Methodology, Old and New

(p.787) Chapter 35 Political Methodology, Old and New
A New Handbook of Political Science

Hayward R. Alker

Oxford University Press

Theoretical considerations and epistemological issues are not new in political science. They can be traced to the methodological innovators Aristotle and Weber. However, contemporary political science is beset with an inauthenticity malaise. Even as methods have become more sophisticated, so specificational uncertainties have persisted. The future of political methodology should be developed by combining Weberian understanding with methodological explanation, and by the appreciation of a broader conception of political science, based upon an integrated conception of data, theory and value, empiricism, criticism, and constructivism.

Keywords:   Aristotle, constructivism, criticism, empiricism, epistemology, inauthenticity, methodology, political science, Max Weber

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