Unformatted text preview: History focuses on the specific events. The story about what happened. Ex: French Revolution Political scientists, by contrast, emphasize general phenomena that could occur again. Can you drop the proper nouns and dates? Ex: what cause WWI? Why do nations go to war? Is 9-11 unique and will it stay unique, or will something similar happen again? We’re probably not the first to investigate this phenomenon. • What other causes of dependent variables did previous researcher’s miss? • Can this theory be applied elsewhere? • How does this theory work on diff levels of aggregation (micro <-> macro) o Each country has a “personality” our group decisions show how the country may take action...
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course POL 51 taught by Professor Ryan,john during the Summer '08 term at UC Davis.
- Summer '08