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Discuss the Intellectual foundation stones of Behaviouralism as given by David Easton.

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  • Behaviouralism as a movement in political science did not remain confined to the study of individual based political behaviour, but developed into a set of orientations, procedures and methods of analysis.

  • In practice, it embraced all that lends a scientific character to the modern political science.

  • According to Easton, (1962) the intellectual foundations of Behaviouralism consist of eight major tenets:

    • Regularities: These are discoverable uniformities in political behaviour which can be expressed in theory-like statements.

    • Verification: this means that validity of such theory like statements can be verified.

    • Techniques: Techniques are means for acquiring and interpreting data.

    • Quantification: This involves precision in the recording of data.

    • Values: Objective scientific inquiry has to be value free or value neutral.

    • Systematization: Close interrelationship between theory and research.

    • Pure Science: Directed towards forging a link between theoretical understanding of politics and application of theory to practical problem- solving.

    • Integration: Integration of political science with other social sciences.

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