Can Political Science History be Neutral?

James Farr, John Gunnell, Raymond Seidelman, John S. Dryzek, Stephen T. Leonard

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In the December 1988 issue of this Review, John Dryzek and Stephen Leonard argued the need for “context-sensitive” histories of the discipline of political science. In their view, disciplinary history must guide practical inquiry if it is to be most useful. The course of their argument draws the criticisms of three political scientists concerned about the history of political science—James Farr, John Gunnell, and Raymond Seidelman. Dryzek and Leonard respond to their critics and underscore their own rationale for enhanced interest in the history of the discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-607
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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