This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and UC Berkeley political scientist Professor Mark Bevir who is an internationally acclaimed expert in the theory of governance. This thought-provoking conversation explores how attempts to shoehorn political science into a natural science framework commonly fail and how correctly appreciating what social science is and does has a direct bearing on our everyday social lives.
By adopting the false belief that the social world is composed of some unchanging, fundamental entities on par with atoms or molecules—be they markets or classes or what have you—we will have no means of recognizing, or even describing, what happens when circumstances change and a new social dynamic is created.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, One of a Kind, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Creating a Political Philosopher - From mathematics to social science
The Power of Philosophy - How to change the world
What is Political Science, Anyway? - Science vs. interpretation
Knowing One’s Limits - Distinguishing heuristic utility from a scientific truth
Missing the Boat - Beyond outdated dichotomies
Networks - What they are and how they arose
Analyzing Governance - How social science makes the world
The Mechanisms of Influence - Investigating social traction
From Theory to Practice - Appreciating a mix of strategies
Doing Things Better - The importance of listening
Starting Over - A lone wolf takes charge, at least theoretically
Going Global - Encouraging pluralism and open patterns
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series
This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks.