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Fabio Rojas on Political Science and Sociology

Fabio Rojas posts on the differences between sociology and political science.

Up until 1975 or so, political science and sociology were in similar boats, but only political science adopted mathematical modeling as a core research method in the last 30 years. Sure, there are pockets of mathematical soc folks, but now major chunks of political science have been recast in formal models, like theories of political conflict and competition (game theory), policy formation (Euclidean policy space models), legislative politics (more game theory), etc. And all serious researchers are expected to know these theories. There has been no equivalent transformation of sociology. Why the divergence?

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