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Toward A New Comprehensive Social Science

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An institutionally oriented, comprehensive social science responded to an increasingly self-limiting field of economics that proved unable to respond meaningfully to the social and economic transformations-and the disruptions-of the industrial revolution. This comprehensive social science was now called as classic sociology, the origin of modern sociology. Political science had evolved-in Germany as well as in other continental countries-earlier than sociology. Less bound to conventional ideas than Political Science, Sociology has explored methodological and theoretical issues more widely. Sociology also can and should learn from the fact that comparative politics is a pursuit that any respectable Political Science department is obliged to cultivate. The problems of international development and the transformation of the command economies of Communist countries are similar in character to the issues faced by the early, undifferentiated political economy that dealt with the early and partial emergence of capitalism.

Keywords: comprehensive social science; modern sociology



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