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       List of contributors                               page ix
       Acknowledgments                                        xi

    1. Introduction: problems and methods in the study
       of politics                                         1
       IAN SHAPIRO, ROGERS M. SMITH, AND
       TAREK E. MASOUD


Part I. Description, explanation, and agency

    2. Problems, methods, and theories in the study of
       politics, or: what's wrong with political science and
       what to do about it                                    19
       IAN SHAPIRO

    3. The politics of identities and the tasks of
       political science                                      42
       ROGERS M. SMITH

    4. Political science as a vocation                        67
       ANNE NORTON

    5. The politics of policy science                         83
       FRANCES FOX PIVEN

    6. The study of black politics and the practice of black
       politics: their historical relation and evolution  106
       ADOLPH REED, JR.

    7. External and internal explanation                     144
       JOHN FEREJOHN




Part II. Redeeming rational choice theory?

    8. Lies, damned lies, and rational choice analyses  167
       GARY W. COX

    9. Problems and methods in political science: rational
       explanation and its limits                          186
       ALAN RYAN

   10. An analytic narrative approach to puzzles and problems  201
       MARGARET LEVI

   11. The methodical study of politics                    227
       BRUCE BUENO DE MESQUITA


Part III. Possibilities for pluralism and convergence

   12. The illusion of learning from observational research 251
       ALAN S. GERBER, DONALD P. GREEN, AND
       EDWARD H. KAPLAN

   13. Concepts and commitments in the study of democracy  274
       LISA WEDEEN

   14. Problems chasing methods or methods chasing
       problems? Research communities, constrained
       pluralism, and the role of eclecticism              307
       RUDRA SIL

   15. Method, problem, faith                              332
       WILLIAM E. CONNOLLY

   16. Provisionalism in the study of politics          350
       ELISABETH ELLIS

   17. What have we learned?                               377
        ROBERT A. DAHL, TRUMAN F. BEWLEY, SUSANNE
        HOEBER RUDOLPH, AND JOHN MEARSHEIMER

        Index                                              395





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Political science Study and teaching, Political science Methodology