The Global Politic Scene By Gabriel Almond And Stephen Genco Essay

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Political science is a study 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 human behavior forms the basis of political science, 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 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 different authoritarian regimes, it is evident that comparative politics is varied and not conducive to patterns. Rather, these regimented patterns— “clocks” per-se—which are the focus of most empirical sciences are found in comparative politics case studies but are not inherently the conclusions of such studies. Instead, the ever changing nature of human behavior renders comparative politics a more…

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