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A Model Discipline: Political Science and the Logic of Representations

Kevin A. Clarke and David M. Primo


Models are ubiquitous in political science research. Although game theory models, statistical models, and even non-mathematical models are common in the discipline, the field lacks a coherent foundation for understanding the role models play in scientific inquiry. In A Model Discipline, Kevin Clarke and David Primo challenge the conventional wisdom that theoretical models must be tested by statistical models in order to be useful, and they provide an alternative account for understanding the role of models in political science. In Clarke and Primo’s account, models are tools, like maps, and ... More

Keywords: models, game theory, statistics, theory, explanation, philosophy of science, falsification, EITM

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin A. Clarke, author
University of Rochester

David M. Primo, author
University of Rochester