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Finally, Aldrich, Alt, and Lupia (Chapter 37) talk about the National Science Foundation’s initiative to close the gap between theory and strategies. The original goal of the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) initiative was to create a brand new era of scholars who knew enough formal principle and enough about strategies to build theories that could be examined, and strategies that could check theories. Aldrich, Alt, and Lupia speak in regards to the EITM as at present understood as a way of thinking (p. 29)about causal inference in service to causal reasoning. The empirical software package is seen as encompassing statistical approaches, experiments, and qualitative methods. Much of what we have been doing in our working example in this chapter is to attempt to fathom the course of historical past—albeit a rather small political science piece of it.

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