Grand Theories and Ideologies in the Social Sciences by Howard J WiardaGrand Theories and Ideologies in the Social Sciences by Howard J Wiarda

Grand Theories and Ideologies in the Social Sciences

byHoward J WiardaEditorH. Wiarda

Hardcover | October 18, 2010

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The book is a comparative analysis of all the major social science/political science grand theories.  It focuses on developmentalism, dependency theory, the world systems approach, Marxism, institutionalism, rational choice, psychoanalysis, political sociology, sociobiology, environmentalism, neuro-politics, transitions to democracy, and non-Western systems of analysis.  To facilitate comparison and analysis, a common framework and outline are employed throughout.  An integrating introduction and conclusion help tie the book together.

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia; Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.; and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar.  A prolific writer, he is the editor of over one hundred books,...
Title:Grand Theories and Ideologies in the Social SciencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:October 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230103928

ISBN - 13:9780230103924


Table of Contents

Developmentalism Then and Now: The Origins and Resurgence of an Enduring Grand Theory--Kelly Johnson * Marxism, Dependency, and the World Systems Analysis: Are They Making a Comeback--Braden Stone * Political Culture: Explanatory Variable or Residual Category?--Holger Meyer * Sociological Approaches: Old and New in Political Sociology--Ann P. Kryzanek * Psychoanalysis and the Study of Political Science--Shelliann Powell * Institutions and Institutionalism--Sonal Sahu * Rational Choice Theory: Why Irrationality Makes More Sense for Comparative Politics--J. D. J. Nakaska * Environmental and Geographic Determinism: Jared Diamond and His Ideas--Sukhoon Hong * Science or Ideology?: Sociobiology and Its Aftermath--Murat Bayar * Neuronopolitics:  The Brainy Approach to Political Science--Josh Dix * Transitions to Democracy: Grand Theory or Grand Idea?--Matt Clary * Non-Western and Indigenous Theories of Change--Leah Langford 

Editorial Reviews

“I am most impressed with this project. It is refreshing to read a book by the next generation of scholars as they develop their positions on these fundamental views of the world and of politics. Wiarda is to be commended for this effort; he has constructed an edited volume that will get the attention of a wide readership. This text will be popular both with the graduate school community and undergraduates as well as instructors in beginning comparative politics courses looking to assign a text as supplementary reading to introduce college students to the world of the key grand theories of social science.”--Michael Kryzanek, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Center for International Engagement, Bridgewater State College