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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Uses and Abuses of Formal Models in Political Science
Uses and abuses of formal models in political science
Jack Paine Scott A. Tyson
The Use of Models

Formal political theory is a methodological approach – common in domestic politics, comparative politics, and international relations – that is characterized by its strong commitment to logical rigor as well as its conceptual and analytical clarity.1 One of formal political theory's core strengths is that it confronts foundational questions about politics. For instance, who shapes policy? What strategies do they use? And what informational and incentive constraints affect political interactions? Pioneering insights from formal political theory to each of the subfields go beyond these basic questions to precisely articulate the ...

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