Choices for Chinese Political Science: Methodological Positivism or Methodological Pluralism?

  • Jon R. Taylor


Over the past few decades, American political science has placed increasing emphasis on its relevance as a discipline. Like its American counterpart, Chinese political science is experiencing a similar concern regarding its societal relevance as it attempts to assess and focus on China’s unique political and social concerns. Should Chinese political science pursue a purely methodological positivist approach or should it engage in a more holistic and methodologically pluralistic approach such as that found in public administration? A mixed-methods approach, which includes both problem-driven research and theory-driven research, might be a better way to serve both the discipline and China.


Political Science Public Administration Chinese Communist Party Political Knowledge Comparative Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of St. ThomasHoustonUSA

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