Quantitative Methods in Politics

Quantitative Methods in Politics

Quantitative Methods in Politics

Quantitative Methods in Politics

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Sociologists are often alleged to find their fields of special interest outside of their own domain. For this reason it will not seem strange to some readers that a sociologist should be writing upon politics. Congruity between the present subject and the writer's occupational classification, however, does not depend upon academic wanderlust or kleptomania. Nor is it dependent upon certain expansive views among political scientists themselves. The subject matter of politics has recently been so defined as to include much of what is often regarded as the special province of sociology. It might seem that a dweller in this irradenta could remain by the filial hearth and discuss old sociological thoughts under the guise of allegiance to the annexationist party in the sister subject.

Pleasantries aside, my justification for this book is of a different order. The phenomena of politics are functions of group life. The study of groups per se is a task of sociology. Yet an understanding of groups in general can only follow a study of some groups in particular. The field into which this volume essays to enter, as I view it, is a border realm upon which social psychology, political science and sociology all have some claim, but into which none of these has until recently penetrated. Its exploration should be of benefit to all of these subjects.

The data which are assembled here have accumulated for a number of years. The majority have already appeared in some published form. The present context surrounding . . .

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