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Unformatted text preview: fight a war against each others; they will have disputes but will refrain from using force to settle these disputes Problem • Democracies are common now but they weren’t back then o Tradeoff: To gain accuracy, you lose parsimony. You need more info and the theory is more complex If a theory is more generalizeable, it loses accuracy • Tasks of a theory o What do we ask our theories to do for us? o Description We ask our theories to describe something that’s happened We look for the causal mechanisms and the political outcomes o Prediction Can only make predictions if you have a theory We want to shape/influence the future o Provide normative goals...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course POLI 243 taught by Professor Markbrawley during the Spring '09 term at McGill.
- Spring '09