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Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  2 reviews

This 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 Pie
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2004 by Princeton University Press (first published August 9th 2004)
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A very boring read. Not enough examples and seems to over-elaborate the same concept over and over again.
Elizabeth
Nov 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historians and theorists.
This is an interesting book I first read for Introduction to Policy History, and reread for Historical Methods. Again a somewhat boring history book, but important to the field. Pierson, a political scientist, analyzes historical institutionalism in relation to his field. Interestingly, this is a relatively new field - developed in early 20th century. This is a must read for anyone interested in Activity Theory or institutional history.
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Paul Pierson is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy. Before taking this position in 2004, he was professor of government at Harvard University, where he taught from 1988 to 2004.

Pierson's first book, Dismantling the Welfare State? (1994), won the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Prize for t
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