Grand Theories and Ideologies in the Social Sciences

Hardcover | October 18, 2010

EditorH. WiardabyHoward J Wiarda

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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.

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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, a...

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,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103928

ISBN - 13:9780230103924

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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 

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“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