Study Cards on theory, controversy, model

What is a concept?
A general idea about something, usually expressed in a single word or a short phrase => a 'cat'
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Why are concepts complicated?
- the political reality we seek to understand is constantly shifting and is highly complex.
-  political concepts are often subject of deep ideological controversy, and there are often competing versions of political concepts.
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What is the problem with concepts in the political world?
Not everyone thinks the same about what a concept is to them; deep ideological controversy.
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What is the definition of "essentially contested concepts" of Gallie in 1955?
Concepts which controversy is so deep that there can't be a neutral definition ever developed.
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What is the main difference between a theory and a model?
A theory is a proposition (voorstel), a model is more an explanatory device.
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What is a theory?
A systematic explanation of empirical data, usually (unlinke a hypothesis) presented as reliable knowledgde
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What is a paradigm?
A pattern or model that highlights relevant features of a particular phenomenon
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