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Unformatted text preview: Political Science midterm Essay questions 1.) Does complete reliance on Mills method limit ones ability to draw valid inferences about the political world? If not, why not? If so, what other tool(s) does one need to employ in order to construct and test casual theories? (pg 28) Yes, compete reliance on Mills Method limits ones ability. Tools that can be used are, A probabilistic approach (one that influences the probability of a specific outcome) and interaction effect (occurs when the effect of one variable on an outcome depends on the value of another) Mills method of agreement- compares cases that agree in regard to the outcome to be explained. Method of difference- compares that differ in regard to the outcome to be explained. Very specific assumptions must be met to draw valid inferences like: all possible causes must be identified and there can be only one cause of the outcome 2.) What does it mean to be a weak state, and what separates a weak state from a failed state? 2....
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2012 for the course PLSC 1340 taught by Professor Sakamoto during the Spring '07 term at SMU.
- Spring '07
- Political Science