middle-range theory


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middle-range theory

A theory comprising limited numbers of variables, each of limited scope. Middle-range theories may be descriptive, explanatory (specifying relationships between two or more concepts), or predictive (envisioning relationships between concepts or effects of certain concepts on others). Examples include the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Maternal Attachment, the Erikson Theory of Psychosocial Development, Watson's Theory of Human Caring, and the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Theory. Middle-range theories are made up of a limited number of concepts and propositions that are written at a relatively concrete and specific level. Middle-range theories are generated or tested by means of research, and are used as the evidence for practice activities, such as assessment and intervention.
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Thus, the test of this middle-range theory is designed as essentially pragmatic.
Most of the reasons for this neglect relate to the much higher value the political science profession places on "general theory" than on "middle-range theory." The irony, however, is that such paradigmatic efforts not only have limited policy relevance but also tend to evince two inherent limitations as a theoretical enterprise.
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What is needed, in their opinion, is a more specific, middle-range theory that (1) focuses on changes in the role of the state, (2) contains a richer conception of sovereignty, and (3) gives greater attention to the global political economy.
Central to such a task is the articulation and linking of different levels of analysis, above all how the relation of middle-range theory to grand theories of the state might be handled.