The Eitm Approach: Origins and Interpretations


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© The several contributors 2008. All rights reserved. This article describes the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s initiative to close the gap between theory and methods. It also deals with the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) as currently understood as a way of thinking about causal inference in service to causal reasoning. Additionally, it explores the approach's origins and various ways in which NSF's call to EITM action has been interpreted. It makes a brief attempt to explain why the EITM approach emerged, why it is valuable, and how it is currently understood. It then contends that EITM has been interpreted in multiple ways. It emphasizes a subset of extant interpretations and, in the process, offers views about the most constructive way forward. The idea of EITM is to bring deduction and induction, hypothesis generation and hypothesis testing, close together.

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Cited Authors

  • Aldrich, JH; Alt, JE; Lupia, A

Published Date

  • August 21, 2008

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199286546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199286546.003.0037

Citation Source

  • Scopus