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 Political science - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Accordingly, political scientists may study social institutions such as corporations, unions, churches, or other organizations whose structure and process approach that of government in complexity and interconnection.
Political scientists measure the success of governance and specific policies by examining many factors, including stability, justice, material wealth, and peace.
The study of political science is complicated by the frequent involvement of political scientists in the political process, since their teachings often provide the frameworks within which other commentators, such as journalists, special interest groups, politicians, and the electorate analyze issues and select options.
open-encyclopedia.com /Political_science   (402 words)

 Theories of Political Behavior - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Popularly political orientation is often thought to be genetic.
There is, however, ample evidence that children most often develop a political orientation similar to their parents (but through socialization, not genetics).
Election years and political campaigns can shift certain political behaviors based on the candidates involved, which have different degrees of effectiveness influences voters.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theories_of_Political_Behavior   (395 words)

 The Graduate Catalog, University of Maryland, College Park
GVPT 427 Political Sociology (3) Prerequisite: GVPT 220.
An evaluation of theories of political behavior such as game, social choice and voting theory, and their applications to problems of distribution and soical justice, community organizing, responsive public policy, institutional design, and alliance and coalition formation.
GVPT 446 Psychoanalysis and Politics (3) Prerequisites: GVPT 100 and GVPT 340.
www.gradschool.umd.edu /catalog/archives/spring1999/COURSES/GVPT.HTM   (3949 words)

 Undergraduate, Political Science Dept., WCAS
Political scientists are interested in the origins of and the preconditions for governments, the growth and evolution of government, and the decline of governments.
Political scientists are also interested in how governments are structured, how governments make decisions, as well as the content of the decisions, and how governments solve societal conflicts.
Some political scientists would resist the APSA emphasis on "governments" as a focal subject of political science, preferring "power," or "policy," or (a particular favorite) the "authoritative allocation of values." Nonetheless, such definitional disputes essentially deal with the boundaries of the discipline, rather than with its core subjects.
www.cas.northwestern.edu /polisci/undergraduate   (644 words)

 Lawrence Academics Government Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This course examines theories of political behavior and political representation through the lens of racial and ethnic politics in the United States.
Emphasis on theories of political modernization and their application to concrete cases, especially Japan, and a comparison of it with other countries, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
A comparative, interdisciplinary examination of the theories of race and ethnic relations, of underlying conditions and patterns of ethnic conflict, and of governmental responses to such conflict.
www.lawrence.edu /academics/govt/cdescriptions.shtml   (2709 words)

 Political Science, Majors and Minors Brochures, Student Handbook, Undergraduate Studies and Advising: WCAS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Political science has emerged from a discipline with a heavy commitment to detailed descriptions of the formal operations of governments (mostly in the United States), based upon documentary research and wise observations, into something quite different.
Political science majors are required to take three of the 200-level gateway courses plus seven 300-level courses.
Political science majors who wish to be certified for secondary teaching are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Education and Social Policy as early as possible in their academic careers.
www.cas.northwestern.edu /advising/polisci.html   (1112 words)

This work will cover not only the significant events and actors of southern politics, but also deal with key institutional, historical, and theoretical concepts that are important to more fully understanding the politics of the South.
Particular topics of the 19th century political experience in the South will also be given substantial treatment, especially as the events of the Reconstruction and Jim Crow Era give shape to the topics and political events of the 20th century.
The scope of topics covered will include major political actors in southern politics, significant political events in Southern Politics, unique institutions and practices of the South, political movements and organizations, and major theories of political behavior, institutional organization, and political change that are important to discussions of the politics of the South.
faculty-staff.ou.edu /G/Ronald.K.Gaddie-1/encyclopedia.htm   (573 words)

 POSC264   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The readings cover classical and contemporary theories of political economy, from the liberalism of Adam Smith, to theories of socialism and social democracy, to current theories of global capitalism.
Political economy is the study of relationships between politics and economics--both how politics shapes economic ideas and policies, and how economics influences political life and behavior.
Some of the topics covered are: the dialogue over capitalism, socialism, and democracy; the nature of class society; the rise and decline of the welfare state in the U.S. and Europe; the relationship between the economy and electoral politics; the collapse of communism; the emergence of global markets; and the decline of the nation state.
www.acad.carleton.edu /curricular/POSC/classes/Posc264/S98   (443 words)

 Journal of Political and Military Sociology: political behavior of Asian Americans: A theoretical approach, The
I use political economy, political sociology, and political psychology perspectives to examine the political behavior of Asian Americans.
Though previous research on political behavior has examined the effects of race on political participations, these analyses are generally limited to comparisons between whites and fls.
Noting the inconsistency between current theories of political behavior and the unexpected low level of political participation by Asian Americans, this paper attempts to use theories based on political economy, political sociology, political psychology and political culture, and institutional effects to analyze the political behavior of Asian Americans.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3719/is_200207/ai_n9123888   (925 words)

 Journal honors George as 'father of political psychology'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
George, 74, is one of the "fathers of political psychology," according to Janice Gross Stein of the University of Toronto, who organized the volume, in which six scholars trace their research to questions George raised while studying the impact of personality, cognition and decision making on politics, especially Cold War foreign policy.
He developed methods of using systematic, focused case studies and comparisons of them as a basis for building theories of political behavior, especially in the areas of Cold War foreign policy.
He also attempted to expand the focus of studies of political decision-making from the level of the individual by including analysis of small group and organizational dynamics.
www.stanford.edu /group/news/relaged/940425Arc4315.html   (364 words)

 Perestroikans and the obsession with "rational choice" (Signifying Nothing: Tell 'em about it, Joe-Joe!)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
During the pre-behavioral period, political scientists basically did two things: descriptive analysis of political institutions and what I’d term “normative political theory,” a nebuolous field that generally involves the study of political phiolosophy, with a nice dash of prescriptivism thrown in just for entertainment value.
Thus was born the behavioral revolution in political science—and, arguably, the entire idea of the study of politics using the scientific method (or empiricism).
Many behaviorists today—including myself—incorporate rationalist explanations with sociological and psychological explanations to formulate their theories of political behavior, which they then test empirically using either experimental or survey-based data with statistical techniques (usually, although not always, borrowed from other fields, including mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and biostatistics).
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The focus will be on “doing” political science: using theories to help explain individual cases, and using cases to refine our theories of political behavior.
In the first part of the course, we will discuss the nature of comparative political analysis and explore themes in comparative politics such as the relationship between ideology and political behavior, the impact of cultural forces on politics, the articulation of political interests, and explanations for political change.
But by thinking comparatively and using the many intellectual tools that political scientists have developed over the last several decades, we can better understand the dynamics of policymaking, the driving forces behind the political process, and the main determinants of political behavior.
www.georgetown.edu /faculty/kingch/GOVT_121_Syllabus.htm   (1260 words)

Political scientists have found that there have been two competing ideological dimensions over the course of U.S. history: a left-right economic dimension and a racial issues dimension.
The primary modes of inquiry will be positive political science and empirical political science, though normative implications will of course also be considered.
This course contributes to the educational mission of Lawrence University by approaching an interdisciplinary topic (racial and ethnic politics) through the lens of competing theories in political science.
www.lawrence.edu /fast/grosec/GOVT_225.htm   (944 words)

The purpose of this course is to provide undergraduates an overview of the principal approaches and subject matter of the discipline of political science and to increase students' awareness of the contemporary political world.
Students will study the history of the development of political science and its major sub-fields, learn to view political phenomena through the lenses of some of the more important theories of political behavior, and become familiar with the major concepts and terms used by political scientists.
All students will benefit from acquiring critical skills necessary for understanding political behavior they encounter in their daily lives, for making deliberate, informed political choices, and for beginning to make reasoned, clear, written arguments.
web.utk.edu /~lrichar7/page3.htm   (1147 words)

 Upper Division - Political Theory
The first quarter examines the origins and development of American political thought from the revolutionary period to the end of the nineteenth century with special emphasis on the formative role of eighteenth-century liberalism and the tensions between "progressive" and "conservative" wings of the liberal consensus.
Advanced critical analysis of contemporary feminist theory; emphasis on the interrelationships among discourses of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in the work of different feminist theorists; alternative perspectives on feminist political strategies and practices.
Emphasis is placed on the politicization of the political dimensions of the early church, its encounter with positivism, and the emergence of Catholic social doctrine.
polisci.ucsd.edu /courses/ps110.htm   (1004 words)

 Methods and Approaches to the Study of Politics
Use of psychology theories to explain political behavior.
People act in politics as if they are in a market: They provide resources to those who will push for what they want and withhold resources from those political agents who oppose what they want.
Political power is not dispersed equally among individuals or held by upper class: individuals form groups to influence the political system to get what they want
www.nmu.edu /www-sam/Poli_Sci/profpages/Syed/PS101/Approaches.htm   (384 words)

 Government and Politics GVPT Courses - Graduate Catalog Fall 2003 - University of Maryland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
An exploration of the political and moral concerns involved in the use or threat of use of force in modern international affairs and diplomacy.
An evaluation of theories of political behavior such as game, social choice and voting theory, and their applications to problems of distribution and social justice, community organizing, responsive public policy, institutional design, and alliance and coalition formation.
Survey of major formal theories of politics, with emphasis on those theories based on the assumptions of rationality.
www.gradschool.umd.edu /catalog/courses/GVPT.html   (3727 words)

 Harvard University Press/The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics
Martin P. Wattenberg is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.
In his latest book, Martin Wattenberg offers an in-depth interpretation of the presidential elections of the 1980s, illuminating current theories of political behavior and how they operate in today's candidate-centered politics.
As the parties' ability to polarize opinion weakened and voters were set politically adrift, the candidates themselves had to fill the power vacuum.
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/WATRIS.html   (248 words)

 Oklahoma State University Graduate Program Department of Political Science: Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
PLAN A. A minimum of 33-credit hours in political science or closely related courses, including 3 hours of methods; 18 hours of Political Science graduate seminars; either a thesis or a creative component to be defended before one's committee; and additional graduate-credit courses in Political Science or closely related fields to complete the 33-hour requirement.
Students pursuing a field outside political science may use up to 6 hours of non-political science seminar courses to complete their 18-hour seminar requirement.
PLAN B. A minimum of 36-credit hours in political science or closely related courses which includes a three-course theory component(9hours), a two-course methods component(6 hours), a three-credit hour internship, a three-credit hour creative component (Master's Research Paper) or 6 hour thesis and 12-15 hours in an area of specialization.
www.okstate.edu /artsci/polsc   (2750 words)

 Masters in Political Science - Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Research on the mechanics and theories of interaction between economic and political phenomena.
Examination of contemporary theories of political behavior with emphasis on empirical studies.
Elections, public opinion, interest groups and parties are also important aspects of American politics for students to study and research.
polsci.okstate.edu /graduate/courses.htm   (845 words)

 To the average American, the campaign finance hearings are about as exciting as watching grass grow (and not the good ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is not that the hearings bore me; it's hard to bore someone who spends his days reading formal mathematical theories of political behavior.
Further, as a former Washington intern and a current political scientist, I have gathered formidable anecdotal evidence on the matter.
Perhaps the Democrats are guilty of a greater number of violations, by virtue of their need to narrow the perennial gap between their funds and those of the party of big business.
www.unc.edu /~schiffer/articles/campaignfinance.htm   (699 words)

 Pacific Affairs: Japan's Political Marketplace. (book reviews)@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A DEBATE has been raging among political scientists about the crossnational generalizability of theories of political behavior.
Nowhere has this debate been more intense than in the field of Japanese politics.
The main bone of contention is whether theories developed to explain the workings of the U.S. Congress can be fruitfully applied to Japanese politicians and policy-making institutions.
highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?docid=1G1:18074692&...   (142 words)

 SOC S612 0000 Political Sociology (3 cr.)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
P: graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
An analysis of the nature and operation of power in a political system.
Topics may include classical theories of power, political behavior and campaigns, the role of mass media in sustaining power, the state as a social institution, and political movements.
www.indiana.edu /~enrolctr/iniupui/soc/soc_s612_0000.html   (49 words)

 Political Behavior   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Whether political learning in adolescence structures political behavior later in life?
How contemporary empirical theories in political science approach these questions?
Students who are interested in these questions and their answers should consider Political Behavior as a field of study.
www.polisci.ufl.edu /behavior.htm   (85 words)

 Theories of Political Behavior at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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 Political Behavior   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
How do contemporary empirical theories in political science approach these questions?
Students who are interested in these questions from the perspectives of the United States, other advanced industrial societies, or developing nations should consider Political Behavior and Methodology as a field of study.
POS 6208 Political Behavior Research (Craig, Martinez, Conway, Wald)
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