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POSC 10: Lecture 2 Professor Ben Bishin
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Housekeeping For this week Bartels Ch. 10; WTP 2; TOM 1 Bartels’ Primers now on-line. A note on the readings and exams Honors students and ilearn access Extension student enrollment Miss class/section Overview: political science vs. politics
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Introductory Concepts What is politics?
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Introductory Concepts What is politics? Classic definition: The study of who gets what, when and how . About distribution of goods and values in society.
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Introductory Concepts What values and goods? Examples: Wealth, status, health, jobs, education, a pristine environment, defense from foreign aggression , support of moral values, protection of life and property, etc.
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Introductory Concepts Not all values and goods are distributed by politics. For example: Markets and non-governmental institutions (e.g., families, clubs, churches, charities, jobs, status, etc.)
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Introductory Concepts Politics are involved in many individual decisions. Usually where individuals or small groups are decision-makers.
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Introductory Concepts Politics in Government our main focus (politics occur and can be studied in other institutions as well). We are interested in governmental institutions and how they distribute values.
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Introductory Concepts How does politics differ from political science ?
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Political Science Where is the science?
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Political Science Where is the science? What make the study of politics scientific?
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Political Science- Empirical study of the political world: the study of what is, not what should be.
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A Typology of Political Studies Applied “Recreational” (abstract) Non-empirical Normative Philosophy Formal Theory Empirical “Engineering” Research Theory-oriented Research Source: Shively (2005), p.4
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A few definitions Empirical research: the study of what is. Normative research: the study of what “should” be.
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A Typology of Political Studies Applied “Recreational” Non-empirical Normative Philosophy Formal Theory Empirical “Engineering” Research Theory-oriented Research Source: Shively, p.4
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Applied research : directed toward answering a particular question or solving a particular problem.
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