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THEORY in Political Science Accuracy (accurate) A theory should fit the facts. Parsimony (parsimonious) A theory should have as few components as possible. The less we have to assume, the better. Causality (causal) A theory should tell us what causes a phenomenon and how. Generality (general) A theory should aim to explain the same phenomenon wherever and whenever it occurs. Falsifiability (falsifiable) A theory should be structured so that it is possible—given the right evidence—to prove it wrong.