Methodos Series

The Explanatory Power of Models

Bridging the Gap between Empirical and Theoretical Research in the Social Sciences

Editors: Franck, Robert (Ed.)

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Empirical research often lacks theory. This book progressively works out a method of constructing models which can bridge the gap between empirical and theoretical research in the social sciences. This might improve the explanatory power of models. The issue is quite novel, and it benefited from a thorough examination of statistical and mathematical models, conceptual models, diagrams and maps, machines, computer simulations, and artificial neural networks. These modelling practices have been approached through different disciplines.

The proposed method is partly inspired by reverse engineering. The standard covering law approach is abandoned, and classical induction restored to its rightful place. It helps to solve several difficulties which impact upon the social sciences today, for example how to extend an explanatory model to new phenomena, how to establish laws, and how to guide the choice of a conceptual structure.

The book can be used for advanced courses in research methods in the social sciences and in philosophy of science.

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"This book is first in a new series of collected essays on methodological problems and issues facing the social sciences. … There are … lots of enthusiastic supplementary commentaries from the editor in each part of the book … . contains the most useful and also highest quality material: it is well worth reading. … this book will find a useful place on the shelves of research libraries. Researchers interested in modelling approaches can reach for it … ." (Myles Gould, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 32 (5), 2005)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Franck, Robert

    Pages 1-8

  • The Determinants of Infant Mortality: How Far are Conceptual Frameworks Really Modelled?

    Masuy-Stroobant, Godelieve

    Pages 15-30

  • The Role of Statistical And Formal Techniques in Experimental Psychology

    Lories, Guy

    Pages 31-49

  • Explanatory Models in Suicide Research: Explaining Relationships

    Aish, Anne-Marie

    Pages 51-66

  • Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities and Support for Ethnic Discrimination, a Test of Complementary Models

    Scheepers, Peer (et al.)

    Pages 67-86

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eBook $189.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Explanatory Power of Models
Book Subtitle
Bridging the Gap between Empirical and Theoretical Research in the Social Sciences
Editors
  • Robert Franck
Series Title
Methodos Series
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4676-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4676-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0867-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6122-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 310
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