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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 ...

Interpretative Methods
Interpretative methods
Terrell Carver
Science and Society

All scientific investigations require prior interpretative work to set them up, and all scientific results – whatever methods deployed – require interpretation after the fact. Whether it is rocks or votes, scientists must be trained in a discipline which already interprets the world. In that way, phenomena can be identified and selected for investigation. Any object being studied is then subject to analytical methods, which themselves arise in a similarly interpretative way. Successive interpretation thus produces on-going dialogical consensus in a scientific community about methods, as well as about results. However, novel methods – with suitable evaluative trials and shared agreement – can win adherents within a discipline, and may generate similarly novel ...

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