The Importance of Being Theoretical: Analysing Contemporary Politics

Date

2012

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Publisher

Teaching Political Studies Basingstoke: Palgrave

Type

Book chapter

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of the ways in which we seek to engage students in the idea of using theory in their studies and to reflect on why this matters. While we are aware that there are different ways in which students can ‘do’ political analysis, here our focus is upon the application of theoretical frameworks as a mechanism to understand, or attempt to explain ‘real world’ events or phenomena. Our argument is that through understanding the way in which theoretical frameworks may be used and applied, students are provided with the tools and skills that they need to analyse political phenomena, event(s) or action(s).

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Keywords

Financial Crisis, Public Choice, Normative Claim, Credit Crunch

Citation

Savigny H., Marsden L. (2012) The Importance of Being Theoretical: Analysing Contemporary Politics. In: Gormley-Heenan C., Lightfoot S. (eds) Teaching Politics and International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan, London

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Research Institute

Media and Communication Research Centre (MCRC)