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The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis By Robert E. Goodin (Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University and University of Essex)

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Oxford Handbooks of Political Science are the essential guide to the state of political science today. With engaging contributions from 51 major international scholars, the Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis provides the key point of reference for anyone working in political science and beyond.

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The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis Summary

The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis by Robert E. Goodin (Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University and University of Essex)

The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis sets out to synthesize and critique for the first time those approaches to political science that offer a more fine-grained qualitative analysis of the political world. The work in the volume has a common aim in being sensitive to the thoughts of contextual nuances that disappear from large-scale quantitative modelling or explanations based on abstract, general, universal laws of human behavior. It shows that 'context matters' in a great many ways: philosophical context matters; psychological context matters; cultural and historical contexts matter; place, population, and technology all matter. By showcasing scholars who specialize in the analysis of all these contexts side-by-side, The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis shows how political scientists can take those crucial contextual factors systematically into account.

The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis Reviews

Review from previous edition 'Goodin and Tilly have arrayed an outstanding group of fifty-one authors...This is a marvellous handbook into which a researcher might dip and delve. Most of the chapters provide the background needed by the curious, and some are likely to be informative to those already well versed in the area. Taken together, they offer an extensive and well-reasoned check-list of all the dangers and adventures awaiting scholars bent on explanation. The best build on cutting edge work in which the authors themselves engage.' * Margaret Levi, Political Studies Review *
'This volume is an invaluable intervention in the Metoden Streit agitating American social science. A detailed justification of context, it presents an array of expert witnesses who have confronted the methodological choices characteristic of different contextual fieldsplace, time, culture, ideas, etc. The intervention is judicious. While defending the particularity which context requires, it does not surrender the possibility of regularities. This methodological cornucopia, with its excellent, agenda setting introduction, will provide authoritative and stimulating guidance to the pathways of political science approaches.' * Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, William Benton Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science Emerita, University of Chicago. *
'Spanning all of the major substantive areas and approaches in modern political science, this blockbuster set is a must-have for scholars and students alike. Each volume is crafted by a distinguished set of editors who have assembled critical, comprehensive, essays to survey accumulated knowledge and emerging issues in the study of politics. These volumes will help to shape the discipline for many years to come.' * Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University *

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION; PART II. PHILOSOPHY MATTERS; PART III. PSYCHOLOGY MATTERS; PART IV. IDEAS MATTER; PART V. CULTURE MATTERS; PART VI. HISTORY MATTERS; PART VII. PLACE MATTERS; PART VIII. POPULATION MATTERS; PART IX. TECHNOLOGY MATTERS; PART X. OLD AND NEW

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NLS9780199548446
9780199548446
0199548447
The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis by Robert E. Goodin (Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University and University of Essex)
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Oxford University Press
2008-06-19
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