The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

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Oxford Handbooks Online, 2006 - Political Science - 869 pages
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The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole isunder the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguished international group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series will be an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis sets out to synthesize and critique for the first time those approaches to politicalscience that offer a more fine-grained qualitative analysis of the political world. The work in the volume has a common aim in being sensitive to the thoughts of contextual nuances that disappear from large-scale quantitative modelling or explanations based on abstract, general, universal laws of human behavior. It shows that 'context matters' in a great many ways: philosophical context matters; psychological context matters; cultural and historical contexts matter; place, population, and technology all matter. By showcasing scholars who specialize in the analysis of all these contexts side-by-side, the Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis shows how political scientists can take those crucial contextual factors systematically into account.
  

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This book contains 42 essays, most of which relate in one way or another to political analysis. The table of contents should give you a clear idea of what's included. The weak part of this collection ... Read full review

Contents

It Depends
3
Why and How Philosophy Matters
35
The Socialization of Epistemology
58
Political Ontology
78
Mind Will and Choice
97
Theory Fact and Logic
114
Why and How Psychology Matters
131
Motivation and Emotion
157
Historical Knowledge and Evidence
438
Historical Context and Path Dependence
454
Does History Repeat?
472
The Present as History
490
Why and How Place Matters
509
Detecting the Significance of Place
534
Space Place and Time
547
Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics
564

Social Preferences Homo Economicus and Zoon Politikon
172
Frames and Their Consequences
187
Memory Individual and Collective
210
Why and How Ideas Matter
227
Detecting Ideas and Their Effects
252
How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas
266
How Ideas Affect Actions
284
Mistaken Ideas and Their Effects
297
Why and How Culture Matters
319
How to Detect Culture and Its Effects
341
Race Ethnicity Religion
360
Language Its Stakes and Its Effects
376
The Idea of Political Culture
392
Why and How History Matters
417
Uses of Local Knowledge
579
Why and How Population Matters
597
The Politics of Demography
619
Politics and Mass Immigration
636
Population Change Urbanization and Political Consolidation
649
Population Composition as an Object of Political Struggle
664
Why and How Technology Matters
681
The Gender Politics of Technology
707
Military Technologies and Politics
722
Technology as a Site and Object of Politics
745
Who Says Whats Rational When
767
The Behavioral Revolution and the Remaking
797
Index
806
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Robert E. Goodin is at Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University. Charles Tilly is at Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University.

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