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What is Analytic Eclecticism and Why Do We Need It? A Pragmatic Perspective on Problems and Mechanisms in the Study of World Politics

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Analytic eclecticism refers to approaches to research that consciously address and selectively recombine theoretical and substantive elements of scholarship produced in separate research traditions. One objective for this is to develop novel understandings of "real world" problems without obscuring their complexity for the sake of conformity to metatheoretical or methodological tenets characterizing individual research traditions. Another is to reveal and connect the wide range of causal mechanisms that operate at various levels of analysis over different time horizons in shaping outcomes in world politics that are of consequence to real-world actors. As such, analytic eclecticism is grounded on a pragmatist philosophy, specifically with the emphasis on an intermediate epistemological perspective oriented towards middle-range theoretical constructs designed to have practical relevance and stimulate greater cooperation and communication across research traditions. For our purposes, the main benefits of such a pragmatist understanding of analytic eclecticism are the encouragement of greater dialogue across research traditions as well as more innovative forms of experimentation in search of practically relevant knowledge. Analytic eclecticism is already evident in such fields as comparative politics and international relations, revealing both the insights and limitaitons of scholarship produced within discrete, competing research traditions. Eclectic scholarship does not substitute for work done in research traditions, but it does constitute a necessary complement that can help advance the kind of communication necessary for any kind of progress that cuts across research traditions.

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Sil, Rudra. and Katzenstein, Peter. "What is Analytic Eclecticism and Why Do We Need It? A Pragmatic Perspective on Problems and Mechanisms in the Study of World Politics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Sep 01, 2005 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41957_index.html>

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Sil, R. and Katzenstein, P. J. , 2005-09-01 "What is Analytic Eclecticism and Why Do We Need It? A Pragmatic Perspective on Problems and Mechanisms in the Study of World Politics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p41957_index.html

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Abstract: Analytic eclecticism refers to approaches to research that consciously address and selectively recombine theoretical and substantive elements of scholarship produced in separate research traditions. One objective for this is to develop novel understandings of "real world" problems without obscuring their complexity for the sake of conformity to metatheoretical or methodological tenets characterizing individual research traditions. Another is to reveal and connect the wide range of causal mechanisms that operate at various levels of analysis over different time horizons in shaping outcomes in world politics that are of consequence to real-world actors. As such, analytic eclecticism is grounded on a pragmatist philosophy, specifically with the emphasis on an intermediate epistemological perspective oriented towards middle-range theoretical constructs designed to have practical relevance and stimulate greater cooperation and communication across research traditions. For our purposes, the main benefits of such a pragmatist understanding of analytic eclecticism are the encouragement of greater dialogue across research traditions as well as more innovative forms of experimentation in search of practically relevant knowledge. Analytic eclecticism is already evident in such fields as comparative politics and international relations, revealing both the insights and limitaitons of scholarship produced within discrete, competing research traditions. Eclectic scholarship does not substitute for work done in research traditions, but it does constitute a necessary complement that can help advance the kind of communication necessary for any kind of progress that cuts across research traditions.

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WHAT IS ANALYTIC ECLECTICISM AND WHY DO WE NEED IT? A Pragmatist Perspective on Problems and Mechanisms in the Study of World Politics Rudra Sil University of Pennsylvania and Peter J. Katzenstein Cornell University ------------------------ Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association September 1-4 2005 Washington D.C. -------------------------- DRAFT: Please do not cite or quote without permission 2 "Knowing for the experimental sciences means a certain kind of intelligently conducted doing; it ceases to be
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