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James Keith 1-22-08 Political Science Methods notes Quiz this Thursday on stuff on Outline 1, empirical: based on observation and experience, in the example of inductive Holmes goes from observation to theory, Deductive method: Theory > observation, from 19 th century to the 20 th century they used political thought and philosophy, shift from pure and normative thought of politics to empirical, early political science focused on congress, after second World War behavioral revolution formed, political science became heavily focused on political behavior, other sciences became behavior oriented, building a theory: want theories where it must be specific, start with question, build a theory, and create a hypothesis, need to study multiple behaviors, important to identify the unit of analysis, thing >
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Unformatted text preview: unit of analysis, characteristic > variable, why question that begins our theory is why does variable (dependent) vary? Why does some unit of analysis exhibit more variable and some unit of analysis (same) exhibit less variable (same)? Theory begins with why question, focuses on a single variable, Why do some democrats exhibit more non support of war in iraq and some democrats exhibit less non support of war in iraq, questions to avoid: normative, factual, must make sure question varies and explain why it varies, variable of interest (interested in explaining), why question identifies dependent variable, answer to why question identifies your independent variable,...
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