Realism and Methodology in Political Science: Our Need For Generalisations

Lane, Jan-Erik (2005) Realism and Methodology in Political Science: Our Need For Generalisations. In: National Centre for Research Methods and ESRC Symposium on Small and Large-N Comparative Solutions., September 22-23 2005, University of Sussex, Brighton. (Unpublished)

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Generalisations play a major role in social science knowledge. However, their specific features as they appear in the social sciences have never been clarified. Yet, it is argued that the social sciences can do without them and the special methodology that supports them, namely statistics. However, searching for generalisations in the social sciences is not part and parcel of an attempt at making the social sciences bend to the positivistic ideal-type of the natural sciences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: 1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.1 Epistemology
Depositing User: NCRM users
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2007 12:33
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:47

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