Concepts and Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori (Introduction)

Concepts & Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori, 1st Edition, (Eds.) David Collier,‎ John Gerring, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. i-ix and 1-10; ISBN: 978-0415775786

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David Collier

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science

John Gerring

University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Careful work with concepts is a cornerstone of good social science methodology. This book, Concepts and Method in Social Science, demonstrates the crucial role of concepts, drawing on both the classic contributions of Giovanni Sartori and the writing of a younger generation of scholars. Part 1 includes selections from Sartori’s writing on concepts and method. These chapters discuss concept formation, conceptual stretching, the necessary logical steps in moving from conceptualization to measurement, and relationships among meanings, terms, and observations. Part II presents work of scholars who extend the Sartori tradition, including chapters on five key concepts employed political research: revolution, culture, democracy, peasants, and institutionalization. Part III offers a broader picture of Sartori and his contributions. It includes an autobiographical essay by Sartori himself — in which he explores the role of “Chance, Luck, and Stubbornness” in his career — as well as reflections by five former students on Sartori as a teacher and mentor. The final chapter is a comprehensive bibliography of his work.

Keywords: concepts, method, Sartori, conceptual stretching, democracy, comparison

Suggested Citation

Collier, David and Gerring, John, Concepts and Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori (Introduction) (2009). Concepts & Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori, 1st Edition, (Eds.) David Collier,‎ John Gerring, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. i-ix and 1-10; ISBN: 978-0415775786 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081284

David Collier (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science ( email )

210 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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John Gerring

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

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Austin, TX 78712
United States

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