Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis

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This groundbreaking book represents the most systematic examination to date of the often-invoked but rarely examined declaration that history matters. Most contemporary social scientists unconsciously take a snapshot view of the social world. Yet the meaning of social events or processes is frequently distorted when they are ripped from their temporal context. Paul Pierson argues that placing politics in time - constructing moving pictures rather than snapshots - can vastly enrich our understanding of complex social ...

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