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The Problem of Political Science and Practical Politics

Donovan, Claire; Larkin, Philip


We reflect on the reasons why there is not a greater and more fruitful relationship between those who seek to understand policy and the political process from academia and those with a similar task in 'practical politics'. We attribute this lack of engagement to three core factors: (1) from without, instrumental government visions of political science perpetuate the view that the discipline exists to serve those with power; (2) from within, scientism and abstraction diminish the discipline's...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Politics (Oxford)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2006.00246.x


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