Topic 4 - Topic 4 Variables and Hypotheses A theory must...

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Topic 4 : Variables and Hypotheses A theory must always include written axioms – not true A theory consists of a set of interrelated generalizations : True A theory ties concepts together : true A theory must always imply hypotheses : True Concepts : Variable Political participation joining a political party Economic dependency foreign ownership reliance of foreign aid export Political sophistication understanding of left right terminology Variable : empirical counter part of a concept, we can observe ( directly or indirectly) Important characteristics : a variable has to vary , it is not static, there is never one option ,variables have more than one conception ( male, female, conservative, liberals…) We want to explain variations within our theory occurring not occurring at some instances Two or more concepts that change together- we see it political science almost all the time COVARIATIONAL RELATIONSHIP There is no causal relationship between concept and variable ( they do not cause each other)
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POLI POLI-311-0 taught by Professor Melaneethomas during the Fall '10 term at McGill.

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Topic 4 - Topic 4 Variables and Hypotheses A theory must...

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