The Interpretive Approach in Political Science: a Symposium 1

  title={The Interpretive Approach in Political Science: a Symposium 1},
  author={Alan Finlayson},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  pages={129 - 164}
  • Alan Finlayson
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Political Science
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
One might perhaps expect to find interpretive methodology occupying a strong and secure place in British political science. With its origins in philosophy and history (see Kavanagh 2003) British political studies never fully or exclusively embraced behaviourism or subsequent positivist methodologies. Interpretivism represents the major alternative for social science in which, as Weber declared, ‘we are concerned with mental phenomena the empathic “understanding” of which is naturally a task of… 

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