Observation, Context, and Sequence in the Study of Politics

@article{Fenno1986ObservationCA,
  title={Observation, Context, and Sequence in the Study of Politics},
  author={Richard F. Fenno},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={1986},
  volume={80},
  pages={3 - 15}
}
  • Richard F. Fenno
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
Observation is at the heart of political analysis. Observing the behavior of U.S. senators involves watching them in two contexts—at home and in the capital city. It also entails sensitivity to the sequences of events or contexts which impinge upon senatorial behavior. Contexts and sequences of legislative life have not been observed in the rich detail they deserve, because not enough political scientists are presently engaged in observation. 

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