The Study of Politics: The Present State of American Political Science

The Study of Politics: The Present State of American Political Science

The Study of Politics: The Present State of American Political Science

The Study of Politics: The Present State of American Political Science

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This essay is addressed to graduate students. My aim is to tell young men and young women some things it may be good to know about the profession they intend to enter. If old timers think they learn something also, they are welcome to whatever they pick up.

If many older members of the profession read this, some of them will find confirmation of their own positions. They may even encounter some of their own ideas stated in their own words. For I have freely utilized what I have heard said over a period of at least three decades. I hope, of course, that I have myself added something to the discussion. If I have, it is not likely to sound new to men of my own age. I have not won any prizes for keeping my thoughts to myself over the years. But the young people, I have hope, will encounter a thing or two here they have not already pondered.

The pages which follow present only a small part of what I think young people ought to be told about their discipline and profession. The reason for offering this partial statement at this time is this. During the last years of my tenure at Northwestern University, the faculty in political science was very generously encouraged by the Carnegie Corporation to examine the problems of study and teaching in political . . .

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