Western Political Research Approaches and the Development of Political Science Methodology in China

  • Yuejin Jing
  • Guoqin Wang


Since the 1990s, Chinese scholars in political science have reflected their research methods and methodological problems systematically, which resulted in a consensus that the development of political science largely depended on the progress of research methods (Bai and Liu 1992a; Xiao and Cheng 2003; Xiao and Zheng 2005; Yan 2006). As a discipline that has been reinstated for less than 30 years, the achievement is remarkable; however, it still lags behind other social sciences, especially sociology, that were restored in the same period.


Political Science Rational Choice Research Approach Chinese Scholar Rational Choice Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceZhejiang Institute of AdministrationHangzhouChina

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