Post-behavioralism

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Post-behavioralism (or post-behaviouralism) also known as neo-behavioralism (or neo-behaviouralism) was a reaction against the dominance of behavioralist methods in the study of politics. One of the key figures in post-behaviouralist thinking was David Easton who was originally one of the leading advocates of the "behavioral revolution".[1] Post-behavioralists claimed that despite the alleged value-neutrality of behavioralist research it was biased towards the status quo and social preservation rather than social change.

Key tenets[edit]

  • Post-behavioralism challenged the idea that academic research had to be value neutral[2] and argued that values should not be neglected.[3]
  • Post-behavioralism claimed that behavioralism's bias towards observable and measurable phenomena meant that too much emphasis was being placed on easily studied trivial issues at the expense of more important topics.[4]
  • Research should be more relevant to society[5] and intellectuals have a positive role to play in society.[6]

Criticism[edit]

Heinz Eulau described post-behavioralism as a "near hysterical response to political frustrations engendered by the disconcerting and shocking events of the late sixties and early seventies".[7]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Easton, David (1969) The New Revolution in Political Science, The American Political Science, 63/4: 1051-1061

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaurasia, Radhey (2003) History of Political Thought, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, p. 135
  2. ^ Sanford Schram, Brian Caterino, (2006) Making political science matter: debating knowledge, research, and method, New York: New York University Press, p. 167
  3. ^ Chaurasia, Radhey (2003) History of Political Thought, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, p. 137
  4. ^ Jay M. Shafritz (2004) Dictionary of public policy and administration, Oxford: Westview Press, p. 20
  5. ^ Chaurasia, Radhey (2003) History of Political Thought, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, p. 137
  6. ^ Chaurasia, Radhey (2003) History of Political Thought, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, p. 138
  7. ^ Eulau, Heinz (1981). "Foreword: On Revolutions That Never Were." In S. L.. Long (ed.), The Handbook of Political Behavior. New York: Plenum Press