(2016) Approaches to Political Analysis

Friday 19 September 2014, by Miguel Angel Martinez

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Readings about Approaches in Political Analysis:


Rational Choice Theory

1.1 Mark I. Lichbach, “Part II: The Rationalist Challenge”, in Is rational choice theory all of social science? (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2003), chap. 3-4.
1.2 Hugh Ward, “Rational Choice”, in Marsh and Stoker (eds.), 2002, Theory and Methods in Political Science, 2nd edition, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, ch.3.
1.3 Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971, chs. 1-2.
1.4 J. J. Mansbridge, “The Rise and Fall of Self-interest in the Explanation of Political Life”, in Beyond Self Interest. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.


Cultural approach

2.1 Gabriel A. Almond, “The Study of Political Culture”, in Lane Crothers & Charles Lockhart (eds.) Culture and Politics: A Reader, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000, ch.1.
2.2 Marc Howard Ross, “Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis”, in Lane Crothers & Charles Lockhart (eds.) Culture and Politics: A Reader, ch.3
2.3 Jasper, James M., “Culture, Knowledge, Politics”, in Thomas Janoski et al. (eds.) The handbook of Political Sociology. States, Civil Societies and Globalization, New York: Cambridge University.
2.4 Benford, Robert D. and Snow, David A., 2000, “Framing Processes and Social Movements: An Overview and Assessment”, Annual Review of Sociology 26: 611-639.


Institutional analysis

3.1 Heclo, H., 2008, On Thinking Institutionally, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Ch 3 pp 45-79
3.2 Marsh and Stoker, 2002, Ch.4 and Ch.13 (pp. 271-4)
3.3 James G. March and Johan P. Olsen, 1984, “The new institutionalism: Organizational Factors in Political Life”, The American Political Science Review 78 (3), 734-49.
3.4 Ellen Immergut, 1998, “The theoretical core of the new institutionalism”, Politics and Society, 26 (1), 1998: 5- 34.


Critical theories

4.1 Alford, R.R. and Friedland, R., 1985, Powers of theory. Capitalism, the state, and democracy, New York: Cambridge University, ch.12 and 15.
4.2 Jessop, Bob, 2012, “Developments in Marxist Theory”, in E. Amenta, K. Nash, A. Scott, eds, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell, 3-14. [pre-print copy available at: http://bobjessop.org/2014/03/27/mar...]
4.3. Hindess, Barry, 2012, “Power, Government, Politics”, in E. Amenta, K. Nash, A. Scott, eds, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell, 40-48.
4.4 Lemke, Thomas, 2007, “An indigestible meal? Foucault, governmentality and state theory”, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 5, 43-66. [available on-line at: http://www.thomaslemkeweb.de/publik...]