A model discipline: political science and the logic of by Kevin A. Clarke

By Kevin A. Clarke

"In A version self-discipline, Kevin A. Clarke and David M. Primo flip a serious eye to the methodological method that dominates glossy political technology. Clarke and Primo contend that the field's emphasis on version checking out has resulted in a distortion of either the modeling method and the paintings of knowledge research and can't be logically justified. The authors argue that versions may be obvious as "objects" and therefore seemed as Read more...

summary: "In A version self-discipline, Kevin A. Clarke and David M. Primo flip a serious eye to the methodological procedure that dominates smooth political technological know-how. Clarke and Primo contend that the field's emphasis on version checking out has ended in a distortion of either the modeling procedure and the artwork of information research and can't be logically justified. The authors argue that types may be visible as "objects" and hence considered as neither real nor fake. types should still as an alternative be evaluated for his or her usefulness for a specific function. Divided into components, the e-book first establishes that present perform isn't really philosophy-free and rests on a couple of questionable assumptions. the second one half specializes in the various ways in which theoretical and statistical types may be worthwhile, and closes with a defensible justification for integrating theoretical and statistical versions. a singular paintings of technique, A version self-discipline bargains a brand new point of view on long-held assumptions concerning the means study within the social sciences might be conducted."--Publisher's site

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5 W H AT T H I S B O O K I S N O T Although this book may be many things, there are a few that it is not. First, this book is about models in political science. It is not about building, solving, or estimating models; those skills are learned in graduate training programs. Rather, it is a book on understanding the role that models play in political science once they have been written down. Those interested in learning to construct and solve theoretical models should consult Ordeshook (1986), Kreps (1990), Fudenberg and Tirole (1991), and Gibbons (1992).

The impression, held by many political scientists, that this method is the hallmark of true science often comes from textbooks used in high school or college science courses. It is the rare textbook, however, that accurately reflects the growth of a science. More often, textbooks take sophisticated scientific arguments and reframe them in the mold of the three-step method even when such justifications are nonsensical (Glymour 1980b). Scholars who study the history and philosophy of science have observed how “real scientists” do their work, and their conclusion is clear: science is not that simple (Cartwright 1983).

Unlike Green and Shapiro, however, Morton does not advocate a strict version of falsificationism and notes that single disconfirming tests are rarely decisive. 4 The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models The EITM research initiative is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to develop formal models that are tested with data. The program currently funds two summer institutes—attendance is de rigueur for advanced graduate students with technical training— as well as numerous individual projects.

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