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Writing Political Theory Papers Political theory is a little bit different than political science. Here are some important differences. 1) It’s more like philosophy than social science: it is more concerned with theoretical issues. • It is crucial to make a logical argument rather than causal or empirical claim. • “Hobbes’ State of Nature is more realistic and therefore better” isn’t necessarily a compelling argument for a theorist. For a theory paper, it is important to remember that just because a type of government, process, or practice hasn’t existed before doesn’t mean the theory is invalid. Although it often references empirical realities, political theory focuses more on possibilities and interpretations. 2) Evidence often looks different (theoretical, text-based and logical v. empirical counting of things or people or words or bills in committee): theoretical concepts are more important than facts. 3) A precise and accurate interpretation of the author(s) discussed is vitally i...