Interpretive political science focuses on the meanings that shape actions and institutions, and the ways in which they do so. This Handbook explores the implications of interpretive theory for the study of politics. It provides the first definitive survey of the field edited by two of its pioneers. Written by leading scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, the Handbook’s 32 chapters are split into five parts which explore:
- the contrast between interpretive theory and mainstream political science;
- the main forms of interpretive theory and the theoretical concepts associated with interpretive political science;
- the methods used by interpretive political scientists;
- the insights provided by interpretive political science on empirical topics;
- the implications of interpretive political science for professional practices such as policy analysis, planning, accountancy, and public health.
With an emphasis on the applications of interpretive political science to a range of topics and disciplines, this Handbook is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners in the areas of international relations, comparative politics, political sociology, political psychology, and public administration.
Table of Contents
PART 1 INTRODUCTION 1. Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes Interpretive political science: mapping the field PART II: THEORIES 2. Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism 3. Naomi Choi Idealist Legacies 4. Jens Olesen Hermeneutics 5. Robert Lamb Historicism 6. Chris Ansell Pragmatist Interpretivism 7. Colin Hay Social constructivism 8. Alan Finlayson Cultural studies 9. David Howarth Post-Marxism 10. Thomas Biebricher Governmentality PART III: METHODS 11. Deborah Stone Quantitative methods 12. R. A. W. Rhodes Ethnography 13. Norman Fairclough and Isabela Fairclough Textual Analysis 14. Fritz Sager and Christian Rosser Historical methods 15. Yiannis Gabriel Storytelling PART IV: EMPIRICAL DISCIPLINES 16. Cecilia Lynch International relations 17. Lorraine Bayard de Volo Comparative Politics 18. Joseph Lowndes American politics 19. Thomas Diez European politics 20. Gibson Burrell Organizational sociology 21. Emmy Eklundh and Nick Turnbull Political sociology 22. Helen Haste, Jennifer Jones and Kristen Renwick Monroe Political psychology 23. Martin Loughlin and Samuel Tschorne Public law 24. Catherine Needham Public Administration 25. Mary Hawkesworth Gender and Politics 26. Ron Schmidt Race and politics PART V: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 27. Henk Wagenaar Policy analysis 28. Patsy Healey Planning 29. Alan McKinlay and Eric Pezet Management 30. Robin Roslender Accountancy 31. Janet Newman Social Welfare 32. Didier Fassin Public Health
Mark Bevir is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
R. A. W. Rhodes is Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton, UK and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.