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Political Science in Motion


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This book examines recent developments in political science research, by considering its new influences and its new challenges. Read More

What are the new influences to which the discipline opens itself up? Is political science research converging towards a single model or splitting into different streams? What are the new challenges at the beginning of the 21st century?

By addressing these questions, this collection of essays discusses three interrelated topics: the relationship between political science and the problems of politics, the relationship between political science and other fields of research, and the transformation of the profession. In so doing, this volume traces the major trends in contemporary political science research since the end of the Cold War.

As part of this approach, the authors rely on the academic journals as a field of investigation. Each of the eight chapters focuses on a different journal, including the American Political Science Review, West European Politics, the British Political Science Review, Security Dialogue, the Journal of Common Market Studies, International Security, Electoral Studies and the Revue française de science politique.

The book is intended to scholars with an interest in the historiography of political science, the epistemology of knowledge, the sociology of the profession as well as the evolution of the field in terms of research agendas, theoretical approaches and methodological debates.


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Publisher
Éditions de l'Université de Bruxelles
Edited by
Ramona Coman, Jean-Frédéric Morin,
Introduction by
Ramona Coman, Jean-Frédéric Morin,
Contributions by
Clément Jadot, Caroline Close, Lidia Núñez, Manuel Cervera-Marzal, Camille Kelbel, Lorenzo Angelini, Krystel Wanneau, Marie-Catherine Wavreille,
Collection
Political Science
ISSN
13786571
Language
English
Publisher Category
Publishers own classification > Political Science
BISAC Subject Heading
POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013-2019)
3283 SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
Thema subject category: Political science & theory

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Publication Date
18 January 2016
ISBN-13
978-2-8004-1598-7
Extent
Main content page count : 208
Code
1598
Dimensions
160 x 240 x 12 cm
Weight
362 grams
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Version 2.1, Version 3

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06 August 2019
ISBN-13
978-2-8004-1696-0
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Code
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Review

- LSE Review of books. Jun 14, 2016
Source
Wyn Grant
https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2016/06/1
"[...] there is very little literature on academic journals and how they function or what they achieve and Political Science in Motion is to be welcomed as a step towards filling that gap. It is well-edited, as is evident from the cross-references between chapters. It answers some of the questions that one might want to ask, while others remain unanswered."

 

Contents


List of tables and figures
List of acronyms
INTRODUCTION. – Toward a More Eclectic, Pluralist and Cosmopolitan Political Science?
      | Ramona COMAN and Jean-Frédéric MORIN
1. Politics, pluridisciplinarity and professionalization
    1.1. Three challenges over the history of political science
    1.2. Towards eclecticism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism?
2. Investigating scholarly journals
    2.1. The benefits of exploring a discipline through its journals
    2.2. Limitations in the study of scholarly journals
3. Content and orientation of this book
CHAPTER 1. – 30 Years of West European Politics: And The Winner Is… | Clément JADOT
Introduction
1. Unlocking comparative politics through the use of keywords
2. Issues that count: West European Politics through the prism of content analysis
    2.1. 1978-1987: WEP’s positioning between the one and the many
    2.2. 1988-1997: WEP’s tardy look at the EU
    2.3. 1998-2007: Forging ahead
    2.4. 1978-2008: West European Politics, from “splendide isolement” to ongoing
            internationalization
3. From content to challenges: questioning the core values of European comparative politics
    3.1. Political parties in the 21st century: old dogs, new tricks?
    3.2. West European Politics opening up: one step at a time
Conclusion
CHAPTER 2. – Assessing Party Research Decline: A View from the British Journal of
      Political Science
| Caroline CLOSE
Introduction
1. Data and methods
2. Assessing the decline in party research: a view from the British Journal of Political Science
    2.1. General perspectives
    2.2. The three faces of parties
3. Is party research in decline?
CHAPTER 3. – Context Sensitivity and Biases in Political Science: the Case of Economic Voting
      Studies in the Journal Electoral Studies | Lidia NÚÑEZ
Introduction
1. The impact of the context and its consequences
2. The method: systematic analysis and its advantages
3. The theory put to the test: economic voting
    3.1. Methodological notes
    3.2. Changes in treatment of the issue in the journal: an unbiased evolution?
    3.3. The big two
Conclusions
CHAPTER 4. – Toward the Inclusion of Political-Philosophical Articles in the Revue Française
      de Science Politique
: Is a Return Possible? | Manuel CERVERA-MARZAL
Introduction
1. Methodological clarifications
2. Political philosophy in the RFSP: subject to fluctuating tendencies
3. A preference for liberal political philosophy?
4. The myth of ethnocentrism
Conclusion: back to the “glorious twenty” years of political philosophy in the RFSP
CHAPTER 5. – Elmer Recast: the Patchwork of EU Theories within the Journal of Common
      Market Studies
| Camille KELBEL
Introduction
1. One train may conceal another: a theoretical framework to the study of theories
    1.1. European integration theories and their internal shifts: the EU
           as an international organization
    1.2. Comparative and governance approaches: the EU as an experiment in political
           science research
2. Methodology
    2.1. Research question and hypotheses
    2.2. Data collection
3. Analysis and findings
    3.1. Patchwork or mosaic?
    3.2. The state of the original elephant
Conclusion
CHAPTER 6.International Security and the Evolution of Security Studies: Between Mutual
      Influence and Autonomy | Lorenzo ANGELINI
Introduction
1. Methodology and preliminary comments
2. International Security: who publishes?
3. International Security articles – between policy and theory
Conclusion
CHAPTER 7.Security Dialogue on the Edge of International Security Studies: Uncovering a
      Process of Innovation | Krystel WANNEAU
Introduction
1. The editorial line: journals as the gatekeepers of a scientific field
    1.1. Blurred lines: journals, disciplines and the field
    1.2. A niche journal: identity, prestige and satisfaction
    1.3. A gatekeeper and social performer: the editorship of Security Dialogue
2. Theoretical framework and method of the longitudinal study: quantitative data
    for qualitative analysis
    2.1. Reflexive theoretical framework
    2.2. Data collection and coding
3. Results analysis
    3.1. Trends in the editorial line and the profusion of concepts
    3.2. Choices made: an implicit hierarchy amongst sectors?
    3.3. Qualitative interpretations: the journal as a research practice, field maturity and the
           widening and deepening of security
Conclusion
CHAPTER 8. – How the World Speaks about American Politics: A Political Sociology of the
      American Political Science Review | Marie-Catherine WAVREILLE
Introduction
1. Toward a merger of European and American political science?
2. American-based scholars dominate journal articles on American politics
3. A sociological profile: who are the non-Americans contributing to American politics?
    3.1. The 1980s: Olsen, Shamir, Opp, Kawato, Hibbs, Budge and Laver
    3.2. The 1990s: Lissowski, Zemsky, and Stark
    3.3. The 2000s: Jennings, King, Petrova, and Lauderdale
4. Analysis
    4.1. Professional socialization into US standards and norms
    4.2. “Under multiple skulls”: co-authoring as a norm among foreign-based authors
    4.3. American politics outside of the United States: the “No Man’s Land”
Concluding remarks
References
Contributors

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Introduction