Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Evaluating Theory in Political Science*

By Will H. Moore

Abstract

This paper discusses several criteria over which theories should be evaluated. After defining the term ‘theory, ’ and identifying the purpose of theory, I argue that any given theory should be comparatively evaluated against a rival theory that purports to explain the same phenomenon along the following criteria: postdictive accuracy, generality of explanans, hypothetical yield, progressive research program, implications, and parsimony

Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:CiteSeerX.psu:10.1.1.134.5312
Provided by: CiteSeerX
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/v... (external link)
  • http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~wh... (external link)
  • Suggested articles


    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.