comp politics lecture 2

comp politics lecture 2 - Recap from Monday, September 10:...

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Recap from Monday, September 10: Comparative Politics as a Science Application of scientific method to comparative politics (discussed as the “logic of hypothesis testing” in assigned reading for Monday) - Epistemology – how do we know what we know? o Hypothesis testing is the foundation of many comparative studies of politics – it is one method for developing knowledge about politics - Why know the method and its short-comings? o Understanding the principles and application of the method, as well as critiques of it, will improve your analysis of political events and others’ studies of them - Hypothesis testing provides guidance for conducting empirical analysis : study of facts , which are believed to be objective o Is reality – the empirical world – always, or ever, separate from the observer? - This method is the foundation of quantitative analysis and Large-N studies ; often uses statistical analysis for determining probability that the hypothesis is true o Can be used with a fewer number of cases, or Small-N studies (in such
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