Metascience

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 395–398 | Cite as

What are mechanisms in social science?

Pierre Demeulenaere (ed.): Analytical sociology and social mechanisms. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011, ix+320pp, $32.99 PB
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Logic and Philosophy of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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