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Making Social Sciences More Scientific: The Need for Predictive Models

Rein Taagepera

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199534661
eISBN:
9780191715921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534661.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

Society needs more from social sciences than they have delivered. One reason for falling short is that social science methods have depended excessively on regression and other statistical approaches, ... More


World War II: Social Scientists in the Physicists’ War

Michael C. Desch

in Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780691181219
eISBN:
9780691184906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691181219.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter discusses the role of social science in the war effort. As the Second World War demonstrated, sophisticated social science methods are certainly sometimes applicable to policy. In ... More


Conclusions, Responses to Objections, and Scholarly Recommendations

Michael C. Desch

in Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780691181219
eISBN:
9780691184906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691181219.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This concluding chapter evaluates the increasing tendency of many social scientists to embrace methods and models for their own sake rather than because they can help people answer substantively ... More


The Limits of Liberalism

Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

in Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199863051
eISBN:
9780199860241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the disciplinary spaces and pressures that moderate liberal biases. Conservatives often gravitate to such spaces where they thrive, despite their numbers, because they share ... More


Researching Religion: Why We Need Social Science

Steve Bruce

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198786580
eISBN:
9780191828904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786580.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

Basic questions about religion in the modern world (such as whether it is becoming more or less popular and who believes what) can be answered only with the perspectives and methods of social ... More


Thinking Process in Legal Research: Diverse Models

P. Ishwara Bhat

in Idea and Methods of Legal Research

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780199493098
eISBN:
9780199098316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199493098.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The second chapter discusses the way and means of carrying out the thinking process in legal research. Thinking is always in response to memory or a situation that the mind comes across. The three ... More


Research Design

Brenda D. Phillips

in Qualitative Disaster Research

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199796175
eISBN:
9780190256098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199796175.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter focuses on traditional social science methods for qualitative studies. It begins by discussing commonly used paradigms that organize how researchers approach their work. It then ... More


Four Billionaires Up Close

Benjamin I. Page, Jason Seawright, and Matthew J. Lacombe

in Billionaires and Stealth Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226586090
eISBN:
9780226586267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226586267.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Chapter 3 explores in more depth the tax- and Social Security-related words and actions of four particular billionaires—Warren Buffett, John Menard Jr., Carl Icahn, and David Koch. These four were ... More


How Art Works

Ellen Winner

in How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190863357
eISBN:
9780190936525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863357.003.0016
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The final chapter of this book briefly summarizes what psychologists have learned about how art works—how we experience art. The key questions and contrasting philosophical positions and commonsense ... More


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