Card Set Information
-Attempts to explain a wide range of factors deemed important for a particular context or contexts (country, historical event, a particular social group)
-The realm of political philosophy
-"What ought to be"
Theory designed to explain the relationship between 2 or more variables
The attempt to use observations of facts to explain something that may not be directly observable
-Inference is what gives rise to political theories
Units of Analysis
-the objects of observation
-countries, regional bodies, individual political leaders, electoral systems, etc.
-should be directly comparable units
explains political phenomena as a function of individuals' influence
Explanations that derive from identification of structures that impact the political world (ex: Marxism)
Mixes micro and macro and identifies "middle-level" structures such as institutions, that influence individual behavior, and vice-versa