Political Science: The Discipline

Robert E. Goodin and Hans‐Dieter Klingemann

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Political Science: The Discipline

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What is political science and what are its main contentions? Reviews the discipline and its contemporary boundaries with regard to theoretical questions and methodological integration. The discipline is maturing, seen in an embrace of pluralism and an overlapping consensus in the role of rationality, institutions, and culture. Reviews new themes built on previous omissions, such as feminism, leading to post‐modern and post‐positivist approaches. Calculates the sub‐discipline powerhouses and most‐ cited authors across the field––across which the whole book provides an overview.

Keywords: behavioural revolution; culture; feminism; methodology; new institutionalism; pluralism; political science; post‐modernism; post‐positivism; rational choice

Chapter.  16212 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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