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The "New Political History": A Methodological Critique

Kousser, J. Morgan (1976) The "New Political History": A Methodological Critique. Reviews in American History, 4 . pp. 1-14. ISSN 0048-7511.

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In a recent review article one of the leading figures of the "new political history," Samuel P. Hays, argued that "a preoccupation with technique" on the part of both critics and defenders of the genre has obscured the more important advances it had brought to the discipline-the reformulation of historical concepts and the substitution of "systematic" for "intuitive" tests of hypotheses. "The social research movement," he concluded, "critically needs to take stock of itself, seriously debate where it is going, and move from its initial enthusiasm with techniques to a concern for methods and theory."

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Additional Information:© 1975 by the Johns Hopkins University Press. I wish to thank Allan G. Bogue of the University of Wisconsin and my Caltech colleagues, John Ferejohn, Mo Fiorina, David Grether, Dan Kevles, and Forrest Nelson for their most helpful comments, some of which I rejected, no doubt at my peril. They are not, therefore, responsible for any remaining blunders or infelicities.
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