In Defence of Political Science

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Abstract

The defence of political science rests on a starting proposition that practitioners of political science need to embrace relevance rather than fear. Defending the role of politics in resolving societal dilemmas is in part a responsibility of those who study it and the challenge is significant given evidence of disenchantment with the political process in many established and mew democracies. Political science needs to offer not only an understanding of politics that is theoretical, sophisticated and empirically rigorous but also an approach that is not just problem-focused but solution-seeking. Defending political science means defending politics and taking on the challenge of improving its practice
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-684
Number of pages8
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Volume83
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Stoker, Gerry. / In Defence of Political Science. In: Political Quarterly. 2012 ; Vol. 83, No. 4. pp. 677-684.
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In Defence of Political Science. / Stoker, Gerry.

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