Science. By Ido Oren. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University
Press, 2002. 256p. $29.95.
Political scientists periodically step back and reflect on the state
of their discipline. Some explore the origins and development of a
particular methodological approach to the study of politics, such as
behavioralism or public choice. Others place developments in political
science in a broader political and cultural context, such as
progressivism or liberal reformism. Oftentimes such reflections are
laudatory, championing the wisdom that has accrued in the discipline
over time. Every so often, however, a critical voice is raised, not
only questioning the empirical work being done in the field but
challenging the assumptions upon which such work is based. Ido
Oren's book is an important addition to this literature. It
compels political scientists to stop and think about what they are
doing in the discipline and what ideas from the past they may
unintentionally be bringing into their empirical work.