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Analysis Without Measurement

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139244978

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  • In plying their trade, social scientists often are confronted with significant phenomena that appear incapable of measurement. Past practice would suggest that the way to deal with these cases is to work harder at finding appropriate measures so that standard quantitative analysis can still be applied. Professor Katzner's approach, however is quite different. Rather than concentrating on the construction of measures, he raises the question of how such phenomena can be investigated and understood in the absence of numerical gauges to represent them.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139244978
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Notes on measurement
    Part I. Theoretical methods:
    3. Basic concepts
    4. Algebraic structure
    5. Analysis of specific systems
    6. General Systems
    7. Some epistemological considerations
    Part II. Applications to theoretical problems:
    8. Political systems
    9. Planning
    10. Simultaneous change and modernization
    11. Profits, optimality, and the social division of labor in the firm
    Part III. Empirical verification:
    12. Statistical background
    13. Empirical relations among variables
    14. An empirical application: occupational preferences and the quality of life
    15. Getting on without measures.

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    Donald W. Katzner

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