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ERIC Number: EJ907650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 2
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1049-0965
Economics' Fall from Grace
Rudolph, Lloyd I.; Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n4 p747-748 Oct 2010
Not long ago, many political scientists suffered from economics envy. Some still do. They view economics as the queen of the social sciences, claiming that it is "scientific," like physics. Physicists and other natural scientists spend most of their time trying to explain phenomena, but non-behavioral micro-economists spend most of their time on mathematical proofs and econometric tests of "a priori" theories based on intuitive plausibility or principles of "rational action." Being "scientific" it was alleged, meant that economics could access objective knowledge, knowledge that was said to be true independent of time, place, and circumstance. Robert Bates called on political scientists to do the same by arguing that they should be in search of "lawful regularities which... must not be context bound" (Bates 1997b).
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Language: English
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