Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science by Ellen Grigsby

By Ellen Grigsby

A quick, available, yet quite subtle evaluation of political technological know-how that encourages serious, self sustaining considering, examining POLITICS, Fourth version, provides a transparent define of the self-discipline of political technological know-how. this article is remarkable for its early insurance of equipment and concept and using a case examine approach--introduced and used to obtain in-depth information regarding a selected topic whereas additionally pointing to its boundaries. whereas the textual content covers primary suggestions with modern, political examples, discussions of feminism and environmentalism supply a special departure from different texts and a different chance to you as a political technological know-how scholar.

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75 Working especially hard because they feared defeat, the Democrats mobilized their supporters and ended up with the victory. More recently, surveys have been used to decide elections, according to Patrick Caddell. In 1988, Caddell was a polling expert for Alan Cranston, Democratic senator from California. Cranston was in a close race with Republican Ed Zschau. 6 Should Smallpox Be Destroyed? A fascinating example of how science, the pursuit of knowledge, ethics, and the concern for helping humanity can run counter to one another is provided by the case of the smallpox virus.

A similar problem of limited repeatability plagues political science studies that attempt to make precise predictions of political outcomes. For example, political scientists have struggled for years to develop a means of predicting the winners of presidential elections. Some have looked for correlations with economic indicators; others have labored over public opinion polls searching for the key variable that would allow us to know ahead of time who would be the next president. 32 CHAPTER 2 Although numerous formulas have been put forth (with varying ranges of error), a review of these attempts at forecasting presidential election winners left its readers with this question: Can science offer better predictions than provided by hunches, reading the stars, interpreting Tarot cards, or consulting fortune tellers?

Indeed, one offering of science is the promise of seeing the world differently, of coming to name and interpret perceptions in ways that may depart radically from our commonplace assumptions. In the 1600s, Francis Bacon pointed to this dimension of science by arguing that science can free us from various ‘‘idols’’ (errors, misconceptions, and distorted views). Bacon categorized these misconceptions: n n n Idols of the marketplace: Errors based on misunderstanding and faulty communications; errors related to our inexact use of language.

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