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Methods in Analytical Political Theory

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Adrian Blau, Robert E. Goodin, Kimberley Brownlee, Zofia Stemplowska, Carl Knight, Jonathan Quong, Michael L. Frazer, Robert Jubb, David Schmidtz, Johan Olsthoorn, Alan Hamlin, Brian Kogelmann, Gerald Gaus, Brooke Ackerly, Rochana Bajpai, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Keith Dowding
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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107491700

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  • This is the first book to explain how to use key methods in analytical political theory. The methods discussed include contractualism, reflective equilibrium, positive political theory, thought experiments and ideological analysis. Many discussions of political theory methods describe and justify these methods with little or no discussion of their application, emphasizing 'what is' and 'why do' over 'how to'. This book covers all three. Each chapter explains what kinds of problems in political theory might require researchers to use a particular method, the basic principles behind the method being proposed, and an analysis of how to apply it, including concrete principles of good practice. The book thus summarizes methodological ideas, grouped in one place and made accessible to students, and it makes innovative contributions to research methods in analytical political theory.

    • The only existing handbook of methods in political theory, which explains how to apply these methods, what to do and what to avoid
    • Provides concrete examples of good and bad practice
    • Surveys the literature on offer and offers innovative approaches to further the debate
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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107491700
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: a 'how-to' approach Adrian Blau
    2. How to write analytical political theory Robert E. Goodin
    3. Thought experiments Kimberley Brownlee and Zofia Stemplowska
    4. Reflective equilibrium Carl Knight
    5. Contractualism Jonathan Guong
    6. Moral sentimentalism Michael L. Frazer
    7. Realism Robert Jubb
    8. Realistic idealism David Schmidtz
    9. Conceptual analysis Johan Olsthoorn
    10. Positive political theory Alan Hamlin
    11. Rational choice theory Brian Kogelmann and Gerald Gaus
    12. Interpreting texts Adrian Blau
    13. Comparative political thought Brooke Ackerly and Rochana Bajpai
    14. Ideological analysis Jonathan Leader Maynard
    15. How to do a political theory PhD Keith Dowding and Robert E. Goodin.

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    Adrian Blau, King's College London
    Adrian Blau is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. He has published in History of Political Thought (2009) and The Journal of Politics (2012), and is currently writing a book called Hobbes's Failed Science of Politics and Ethics. His research focuses on the history of political thought and research methods in political theory.

    Contributors

    Adrian Blau, Robert E. Goodin, Kimberley Brownlee, Zofia Stemplowska, Carl Knight, Jonathan Quong, Michael L. Frazer, Robert Jubb, David Schmidtz, Johan Olsthoorn, Alan Hamlin, Brian Kogelmann, Gerald Gaus, Brooke Ackerly, Rochana Bajpai, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Keith Dowding

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