Perestroika ten years after: Reflections on methodological diversity

D. Yanow, P. Schwartz-Shea

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One of the primary concerns driving Perestroika was the hegemony of quantitative methods in American political science research, curricula, journals, and positions, to the exclusion of qualitative and interpretive approaches. In this article, we assess the contemporary methodological diversity of U.S. political science, at the APSA in particular, to see what, if anything, has changed over the last 10 years. This is an admittedly rough assessment, as the deadline for this symposium did not allow time to repeat the research projects that started Perestroika's and our own solo and joint efforts, the latter preceding and then intersecting with the former. We therefore give a broad overview of methods-directed activities, although we cannot help but see events through the lens of our own involvement in them, and that view is perforce partial. Copyright © American Political Science Association 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-745
JournalPS : Political Science and Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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