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Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis

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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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2004 by Princeton University Press (first published August 9th 2004)
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Tom Robbins
Jul 25, 2012 Tom Robbins rated it did not like it
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A very boring read. Not enough examples and seems to over-elaborate the same concept over and over again.
Sep 13, 2015 Lewis rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book for those interested in historical institutionalist approaches to Political Science. Lots of the key themes and ideas are explained very well here.
Nov 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 24, 2015 Brett rated it liked it
As other reviewers have noted, this book is indeed boring and repetitive. But on the other hand, it is short relatively short.

Pierson wants to us to think harder about the role of historical development in our political institutions. As Faulkner said, the past isn't dead. It isn't even past.

I'm in agreement with his point, but Politics in Time is a hard slog. Settle in for some reading that is going to take sustained effort.
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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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