Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical


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A theory that involves the study of ideas and values concerning the state, power, individuals, groups and the relationships between them is what type of theory?

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1. What approach focuses on use of observation to explain how the world of politics works?

2. What approach to political theory focuses on the application of values to evaluate the world of political phenomena?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are multiple ways to conduct research on political theory. This quiz and worksheet will help you master the principles and terminology of two such ways: normative and empirical.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will ask you about the following

  • The focuses of the normative and empirical approaches
  • Facts about political theory
  • Essential components of empirical research

Skills Practiced

Completing this worksheet and quiz will give you an opportunity to exercise the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the empirical approach and the normative approach of political research
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding political theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the methods of political research

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson called Approaches of Political Theory: Normative and Empirical to fortify your understanding of political theory. In doing so, you'll complete the following objectives:

  • Define political theory
  • Identify the principles and procedures of the empirical approach
  • Discover the concerns and procedures of the normative approach