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.