Behavioralism

Discipline: Political Theory

Theory of politics, particularly prevalent in North America in the third quarter of the 20th century.

Social and particularly political life are best studied in a manner analogous to that used in the natural sciences: observation, measurement, calculation.

When this is done, regularities or laws of human political behavior will be discovered, which will hold good for all times and all places.

The methods of investigation implied or required are thus mass surveys of voting, participation, and other forms of observable political action.

Source:
Bernard Crick, The American Science of Politics (Berkeley, 1959)

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