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Democratic theory and causal methodology in comparative politics

Author: Mark Irving Lichbach
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Barrington Moore bequeathed comparativists a problem: how to reconcile his causal claim of "no bourgeoisie, no democracy" with his normative "dream of a free and rational society." In this book, Mark I. Lichbach harmonizes causal methodology and normative democratic theory, illustrating their interrelationship. Using a dialogue among four specific texts, Lichbach advances five constructive themes. First,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Irving Lichbach
ISBN: 9781107025813 1107025818 9781107622357 1107622352
OCLC Number: 812067139
Description: xv, 232 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Methodology's problem, and democracy's too. --
Part I. Rationalism and Constructivism. Where democracy is to be found and why ; When causality is to be found and how ; Two Western dreams: thin and thick democracy. --
Part II. State-Society and Contentious Politics. Pragmatic theories of a fit state: Kohli ; Pragmatic theories of a fit democracy: Tilly. --
Part III. Conclusions: Five Themes and Twelve Theses. Agency ; Research schools ; Political power and democratic performance.
Responsibility: Mark I. Lichbach, University of Maryland.

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