Theory And Methods In Political Science
A broad-ranging and pluralistic textbook which highlights the rich variety of approaches to studying politics. Written by an international team of experts, this fully revised fourth edition offers cutting-edge coverage from fundamental to contemporary issues. Integrating guides to further reading and clear examples of how research methods can be applied, it enables readers to feel confident about taking their study of politics forward.An ideal foundation for study and research in political science, this textbook will be essential to students at any stage of their degree. It serves as core reading on undergraduate and postgraduate political analysis, theory and methods courses. In demonstrating how independent research is undertaken in political science, the book allows students and early career researchers to begin thinking about formulating their own research agendas.This new edition:- Leads the way with fresh new ideas and perspectives with the help of new co-editor Vivien Lowndes- Includes new chapters on post-structuralism as a theoretical approach and on 'big data' as a methodological resource- Offers an international perspective on political science, with discussion of global as well as domestic politics and a range of international cases and examples.
Theory and Methods in Political Science
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The political science curriculum has two central objectives. It offers the student a broad liberal arts education along with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and the functioning of the political process and government. It also provides a sound foundation for graduate study in political science, public administration and nonprofit management, or for careers that require knowledge of governance and the political process, such as law.
Political science majors can earn honors in political science. Students earn honors status when they complete POLI 490 Senior Seminar with an A grade and graduate with an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 GPA in political science.
Students holding these degrees will demonstrate knowledge about the assumptions, methods and analytical tools of the discipline of political science and current political and policy issues; and they will be prepared, professional public managers, public officials and citizens who are able to meet the challenges of public service in both government and nonprofit sectors and serve the profession and local, state, federal and international communities.
Minimum qualifications for entrance to this accelerated program include completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours including a minimum of nine credit hours in political science courses; an overall GPA of 3.0; and a GPA of 3.3 in political science course work. Successful applicants would enter the program in the fall semester of their senior year. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may submit GRE scores to receive further consideration.
Political theorists are too often silent on questions of method and approach. David Leopold and Marc Stears have assembled a distinguished group of contributors to break that silence and to explain and defend the research methods they utilise in their own work. The result is a rich and varied collection which does not suggest that there is only one right way to conduct political theory, but rather introduces readers to many of the often unelaborated methods and approaches that currently inform the work of leading scholars in the field. Amongst the topics covered are the complex and contested connections between political theory and a range of adjacent disciplines - including moral philosophy, the empirical social sciences, the history of political thought, the world of 'real' politics, critical social theory, and ideology. Both individually and as a collection, these essays will promote understanding and provoke further debate amongst students and established scholars alike. They will be encouraged to reflect on their own methodological assumptions, to re-examine the practical tools of analysis they employ, and to re-evaluate why the research they do matters.
Elizabeth Frazer is Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics, New College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Politics, University of Oxford. Michael Freeden is Professor of Politics and founding director of the Centre for Political Ideologies at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford.Sudhir Hazareesingh is University Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Fellow in Politics at Balliol College; and Fellow of the British Academy. Iwao Hirose is Assistant Professor in Ethics in the Philosophy Department and the McGill School of Environment, McGill University, and Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne. Karma Nabulsi is University Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. David Leopold teaches political theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and is a Fixed-Term Fellow in Politics at Mansfield College, Oxford. Daniel McDermott is a University Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and a Fellow in Politics at Keble College, Oxford. Lois McNay is a Reader in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and a Fellow in Politics at Somerville College Oxford. David Miller is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and an Official Fellow of Nuffield College. Mark Philp is a University Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations and is a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Oriel College, Oxford. Marc Stears is University Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Fellow in Politics at University College, Oxford. Adam Swift is CUF Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and Fellow in Politics and Sociology at Balliol College, Oxford. Stuart White is a Tutorial Fellow in Politics at Jesus College, and Director of the Public Policy Unit in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University.
"Its great merit is that its contributions span the analyticalcritical and normativedescriptive divide(s) ... an informative and balanced introduction to methods and approaches available to political theorists." - Magdalena Zolkos, Political Studies Review
"Political Theory: Methods and Approaches still holds up well and should be required reading - along with Strauss, Skinner, and Voegelin - for every political science graduate student. It is not enough to master the comprehensive reading list in political theory or to know the secondary literature. To be able to practice political theory requires reflection and introspection upon one's own assumptions, methods, and approaches. Political Theory: Methods and Approaches is a prompt for political theorists to do so." - Lee Trepanier, VoegelinView 041b061a72