The Study of Politics: A Short Survey of Core Approaches

By Greg Pyrcz

© 2011

The Study of Politics explores and addresses the implications of committing to specific principles and methodologies in political science research, while offering balanced assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Pyrcz also considers the assumptions regarding human agency inherent to each approach and attends more generally to the state of political science as a discipline.

Readers will gain a strong foundation in theoretical work and a greater appreciation for its practical value. The Study of Politics both challenges and enables students of politics and government to conduct research with a deeper awareness of the intellectual traditions underlying their work.

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The Study of Politics explores and addresses the implications of committing to specific principles and methodologies in political science research.

The Study of Politics: A Short Survey of Core Approaches

By Greg Pyrcz

© 2011

The Study of Politics explores and addresses the implications of committing to specific principles and methodologies in political science research, while offering balanced assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Pyrcz also considers the assumptions regarding human agency inherent to each approach and attends more generally to the state of political science as a discipline.

Readers will gain a strong foundation in theoretical work and a greater appreciation for its practical value. The Study of Politics both challenges and enables students of politics and government to conduct research with a deeper awareness of the intellectual traditions underlying their work.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Greg Pyrcz's The Study of Politics is a lucid and intelligent overview of major contemporary approaches in political science. It deftly examines the presuppositions and conceptual apparatus of approaches, offers judicious assessments of their possibilities and weaknesses, and shows not only where they are incompatible but also where they might be complementary. A valuable guide for students of the discipline, Pyrcz's book also provides more seasoned researchers with insights into alternative methods that might enrich their own work.
    Douglas Moggach, University of Ottawa

    In this brief book, Greg Pyrcz successfully presents core approaches from rational choice to critical ecology. His writing is clear without oversimplifying the material or ignoring the nuances of theories. He is particularly adept at identifying the fundamental features, assumptions, and philosophical premises of each appraoch. The Study of Politics is a very useful text for second- or third-year courses in methods and approaches to political science and is also accessible enough to be assigned in an introductory course.
    G. Grant Amyot, Queen's University
  • Author Information

    Greg Pyrcz is a Professor of Political Science at Acadia University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    1. Introduction to the Study of Politics
    The Origins of the Discipline
    The Language of Politics: Power, Influence, Legitimacy, and Authority
    Folk Theories of Political Agency
    Sources of Political Conduct
    Five Modes of Inquiry
    The Normative in Political Studies
    A Taxonomy of Core Approaches
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

    2. Three Traditional Approaches
    Regime Theory
    Analytical Political Studies
    Political Philosophy
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

    3. The Science of Political Studies
    Institutionalism
    Group Theory
    Power Theory
    Structural Functionalism
    Systems Theory
    Rational Choice Theory
    Behaviouralism
    Sociobiology
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

    4. Interpretive Political Studies
    Textual Analysis
    (Political) Cultural Studies
    Linguistic Structuralism
    Interpretive Psychoanalysis
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

    5. Critical Political Studies
    Structuralist Marxism
    Critical Psychoanalysis: The Frankfurt School and Existentialist Psychology
    Feminist Analysis
    Critical Race Theory
    Postmodernism
    Critical Ecology
    Conclusion
    Further Reading

    6. A Short Conclusion
    Intellectual Pluralism
    Hybrid Approaches
    Multidisciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity
    Narrowing the Discipline
    Other Lines of Response
    A Little More Pedagogy

    Index

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