Review of Rein Taagepera, Making Social Sciences More Scientific

Here’s my review of Taagepera’s Making Social Sciences More Scientific, which is part of my effort to reduce reliance on survey research by promoting non-asking procedures for finding out what’s really going on; in this case, making and testing predictive/logical models.  (I’ve also posted this review on Amazon.

Characteristics and Benefits of Predictive Models

Rein Taagepera, Making Social Sciences More Scientific: The Need for Predictive Models, is one of a relative small but increasing number of methodology monographs that strengthens social science by presenting “proper” (as I name them in The Problem with Survey Research) methods of data collection, such as observation, and proper research designs, such as building and testing predictive models; the topic of Taagepera’s book. Those without a background in statistics can skip Part II and still obtain valuable information about the characteristics and benefits of predictive models.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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