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Differences in the types of political knowledge?

Asked by nimarka1 (942points) February 9th, 2010

what are the differences between descriptive, explanatory, and prescriptive political knowledge? how do I know which are empirical or normative?
can someone please explain??

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Cruiser's avatar

There is none…“political knowledge” is an oxymoron and is where fact and fiction collide in biblical proportions. Watch CNN and Fox News for examples of the kind of extremes involved. Sarah Palin is making the rounds again and is another dangerous example of the above.

janbb's avatar

Csn you look up definitions for the words “descriptive”, “explanatory” and “prescriptive” as well as “empirical” and “normative” and then see if you can come up with some ideas. I think the teacher wants you to put your thinking cap on. Otherwise, you might go to a library and look for a dictionary of political terms.

Judi's avatar

Sounds like another homework question to me.

Ron_C's avatar

@Judi it probably is a homework question and @Cruiser “political Knowledge” is right up there with “Military Intelligence” in the oxymoron world. Saying “Military Intelligence” always brings a smile to my face.

nimarka1's avatar

Just to make it clear this is not a homework assignment or a question of a homework assignment. This is part of review handout I have to study with for a quiz I ha e next week. Frankly im slightly offended you would think I would turn to fluther as an easy way out or cheating method. I have better judgement than that. I turned
to fluther for help and if you don’t want to help please don’t respond.

Judi's avatar

@nimarka1 ; You can be offended if you want, but you ARE new here. A lot of people have come to fluther to try and get their homework done. Maybe next time, if you want help with studying for a quiz, you could state that in your question. We can’t read your mind and when a newcomer starts asking these kinds of questions it makes us wonder. There is no need to be offended, just be more clear of your reasons when you ask these kinds of questions.

nimarka1's avatar

@Judi I do apologize, I should have been clearer before, now i know for next time. I can see where you would get off thinking I would cheat, at the same time it’s not right to assume I am.

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