Political Science : A Comparative Politics On The Science Of Politics, By Gabriel Almond And Stephen Genco

1790 Words Mar 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Political science is the study of attempting to understand human behavior as it relates to politics. As such, political science, like any science, requires hypotheses, testable objectives to try and narrow down the large scope that is the global politic scene. Nonetheless, as political science is based off of human behavior and human interactions, it can be inherently difficult to quantify. This begs the question as to whether or not political science can be considered a hard, quantifiable science—one based on empirical evidence. In “Clouds, Clocks, and the Study of Politics,” Gabriel Almond and Stephen Genco utilize Karl Popper’s metaphor of “clouds” and “clocks” in an attempt to place comparative politics on the spectrum of science.
To narrow the scope from just political science, there is the need to classify comparative politics in the scheme of science. To do so, there must first be a better understanding of the aforementioned metaphor, as well as a better understanding of the study of comparative politics itself. However, determining whether or not comparative politics is more “clock-like” or “cloud-like,” much like comparative politics itself, is based on the particular cases. By examining the behavior of authoritarian regimes, it becomes evident that comparative politics is not easily categorized. Rather, patterns—“clocks” per-se—are found in comparative politics case studies but are not inherently the conclusions. Instead, the ever changing nature of human…

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