In recent years the history of political science has become recognised as an important but neglected area of study. The Development of Political Science is the first comprehensive discussion of the subject in a comparative international perspective.
Offering a wide-ranging account of the development of the subject and its dissemination across national borders and cultural divides, the book begins with a study of the historiography of the discipline in the United States, a country which has been at the forefront of the field. Widening its discussion to emphasise Western Europe as a focus for comparison, the contributors provide studies of further areas of interest such as China and Africa. This particular approach emphasises the book's vision of political science as a growing transnational body of knowledge.
In presenting critical analysis of the state of the field, this vigorous study aims to further the development of the discipline in the countries discussed, and to provide a work that is interesting not only to political scientists, but to all those concerned with the development of the social sciences.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 The historiography of American political science 2 The development of political science: methodological problems of comparative research 3 The interaction of the state and political science in Canada: a preliminary mapping 4 Cultural and contextual constraints upon the development of political science in Great Britain 5 Political development and political science in West Germany 6 The development and institutionalization of political science in Italy 7 French political science and its ‘subfields’: some reflections on the intellectual organization of the discipline in relation to its historical and social situation, 8 Political science in the Nordic countries 9 Political science in contemporary Spain: an overview 10 The sociology of political science in the People’s Republic of China 11 Political science in ‘Anglophone’ Africa: its context and developmental logic in historical perspective 12 Political science in the United States: past and present
David Easton (Edited by) , Luigi Graziano (Edited by) , John Gunnell (Edited by)