Chapter 3 - Chapter 3 Political philosophy vs public policy...

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Chapter 3 Political philosophy vs. public policy analysis o Political philosophy: political though Asks broad questions Normative political theory o Public policy analysis: concerned with ought questions Governmental policy Empirical analysis: centered on facts Variables o Independent: causes dependent o Intervening: between independent and dependent o Spurious correlation: no causal relationship Laws o Deterministic: whenever x occurs, y always occurs o Probabilistic: when a occurs, b sometimes occurs o Political science does not have any deterministic laws Theories o Simply thinking about politics not practicing it o Normative theory: value centered political philosophy o Generalization to explain relationships between variables o Parsimonious theory: explains a lot of phenomena in short terms o Polysci is mostly middle-range theories that explain specific parts of political reality o Democratic theory: how democracies should and do work o Elite theory: describe roles of political elites
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course POLISCI 001 taught by Professor Norris during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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Chapter 3 - Chapter 3 Political philosophy vs public policy...

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