Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis
Princeton University Press, Aug 29, 2004 - Philosophy - 196 pages
This groundbreaking book represents the most systematic examination to date of the often-invoked but rarely examined declaration that "history matters." Most contemporary social scientists unconsciously take a "snapshot" view of the social world. Yet the meaning of social events or processes is frequently distorted when they are ripped from their temporal context. Paul Pierson argues that placing politics in time--constructing "moving pictures" rather than snapshots--can vastly enrich our understanding of complex social dynamics, and greatly improve the theories and methods that we use to explain them.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thcson - LibraryThing
This is a book on the methodology of social science. The author emphasizes the importance of self-reinforcing, path-dependent historical processes which can only be understood through arguments which ... Read full review
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Are political processes always well analyzed? Paul Pierson connects the idea of "patch-dependency" on processes with the ideas of slow-moving, fast ones,etc. Read full review