Politics in Time
History, Institutions, and Social Analysis
By (author) Paul Pierson
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Politics in Time by Paul Pierson
Book DescriptionThis groundbreaking book represents the most systematic examination to date of the often-invoked but rarely examined declaration that "history matters." Most contemporary social scientists unconsciously take a "snapshot" view of the social world. Yet the meaning of social events or processes is frequently distorted when they are ripped from their temporal context. Paul Pierson argues that placing politics in time--constructing "moving pictures" rather than snapshots--can vastly enrich our understanding of complex social dynamics, and greatly improve the theories and methods that we use to explain them. Politics in Time opens a new window on the temporal aspects of the social world. It explores a range of important features and implications of evolving social processes: the variety of processes that unfold over significant periods of time, the circumstances under which such different processes are likely to occur, and above all, the significance of these temporal dimensions of social life for our understanding of important political and social outcomes. Ranging widely across the social sciences, Pierson's analysis reveals the high price social science pays when it becomes ahistorical. And it provides a wealth of ideas for restoring our sense of historical process. By placing politics back in time, Pierson's book is destined to have a resounding and enduring impact on the work of scholars and students in fields from political science, history, and sociology to economics and policy analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691117157
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 9-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paul Pierson
Transformation of American Politics, Paperback (July 2007)
The contemporary American political landscape has been marked by two paradoxical transformations: the emergence after 1960 of an increasingly activist state, and the rise of an assertive and politically powerful conservatism that strongly opposes activist government. This work features young scholars who take up these issues.
Off Center, Paperback (October 2006)
Suggesting that the Republicans who run American government have defied the normal laws of political gravity, this book tells the story of a deliberative process restricted and distorted by party chieftains, of unresponsive power brokers subverting the popular will, and of legislation written and deliberately designed to mute popular discontent.
New Politics of the Welfare State, Hardback (April 2001)
The welfare states of the affluent democracies now stand at the centre of political discussion and social conflict. In these essays, an international team of leading analysts demonstrate that the politics of social policy focus on the renegotiation, restructuring and modernization of the post-war social contract rather than its dismantling.
Dismantling the Welfare State?, Paperback (September 1995)» View all books by Paul Pierson
This book examines the politics of social policy in an era of austerity and conservative governance.
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Author Biography - Paul Pierson
Paul Pierson is Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Dismantling the Welfare State?" which won the Gladys Kammerer Award in 1995 from the American Political Science Association for the best book on American national politics and policy.
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