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The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis (Oxford Handbooks) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0199270430
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"Taken as a whole, the volume captures both the excitement and the considerable challenges of all the cumulative turns in political analysis: cultural, historical, linguistic, and spatial with hints at new directions that beckon. While a few chapters function as guides to confronting the methods police, most function as invitations to diverse kinds of thoughtfulness and openness to the multi dimensional character of politics as it unfolds in space, time, and mind."--Contemporary Sociology


"Judging from the editors, contributors, and topics covered, the forthcoming Oxford Handbooks of Political Science will be a landmark series. I was especially impressed by the range of the volume on political institutions - including international institutions as well as a whole variety of domestic ones. The contributors to this and other volumes are first-rate. This is a series that not only university libraries, but more specialized social science and political science libraries, will want to have on their shelves."--Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University


"This extraordinary series offers 'state of the art' assessments that instruct, engage, and provoke. Both synoptic and directive, the fine essays across these superbly edited volumes reflect the ambitions and diversity of political science. No one who is immersed in the discipline's controversies and possibilities should miss the intellectual stimulation and critical appraisal these works so powerfully provide."--Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University


About the Author

Robert E. Goodin is Joint Professor of Social and Political Theory and of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is the author of many books on political theory, public policy and applied ethics and include, most recently, The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, with B. Headey, R. Muffels and H. J. Dirven (1999) and Reflective Democracy (2003).

Charles Tilly (1929-2008) was the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. His books include "Why?" (Princeton) and "Democracy".
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  • Series: Oxford Handbooks
  • Hardcover: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199270430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199270439
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I would highly recommend this text to anyone pursuing an degree in the social sciences, as well as to anyone who is philosophically inclined with their politics. Firstly, as an Oxford Handbook the text is both generally organized and discursive; 3-6 essays are offered on each topic, and each differs in its angle (multifaceted perspectives for a multifaceted topic). Secondly, the text is a cross-section of non-"rational choice" scholarship; the economic model typically dominates political science textbooks, but "Contextual Political Analysis" allows just what its title advertises: a framework for formalizing the mechanisms of context. The "rational choice" school is great, but confronts huge hurdles when it comes to quantifying aesthetic values that play into political behavior (public understandings of justice, traditions of rhetoric, identity, etc.)

Though I might not read this to my kids as a bedtime story (which I am sure would put them to sleep quickly), it is a great piece of literature to gradually expand one's understanding of the field from.
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