Political Theory and Political Science: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

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Abstract:

The too-often unhappy 'marriage' of political theory and political science has long been a source of anguish for both partners. Should this troubled partnership be dissolved? Or might this marriage yet be saved? Ball answers the former question negatively and the latter affirmatively. Playing the part of therapist instead of theorist, he selectively recounts a number of episodes which estranged the partners and strained the marriage. And yet, he concludes that the conflicts were in hindsight more constructive than destructive, benefiting both partners in heretofore unexpected ways and perhaps paving a path toward reconciliation and rapprochement.

Keywords: BEHAVIOURAL REVOLUTION; BEHAVIOURALISM; POLITICAL SCIENCE; POLITICAL THEORY; POSITIVISM

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/th.2007.5411302

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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