Karl Deutsch and the Study of Political Science

  • Robert L. PfaltzgraffJr.
Part of the Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice book series (PAHSEP, volume 25)


In the so-called ‘behavioral’ phase of political science, Karl W. Deutsch occupies a place of major importance. His work reflects many of the major trends which have characterized political science in this phase: a quest for concepts of sufficient precision and applicability to provide the basis for the development of theory; the creation of operational (quantifiable) indicators for the testing of hypotheses about political behavior; and the adaptation and utilization of concepts, methodologies and insights from other disciplines. Deutsch’s writings not only reflect this emphasis but also represent a major contribution to political science at this stage in its development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. PfaltzgraffJr.
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  1. 1.Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc.WashingtonUSA

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