Political Science and Practical Politics, a National Dilemma

4 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018 Last revised: 26 Apr 2018

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Frank T. Manheim

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Date Written: March 8, 2018

Abstract

Political science includes both practical politics and theory. However, political scientists tend to communicate mainly within the professional field. They do not engage actively with the larger society. The consequences have been taken up in a task force report by a leading political science association and other sources. This essay suggests that the above tendencies are fostered by current incentives and constraints associated with university employment.

Keywords: Practical Politics, Political Scientists, Academic Constraints, Promotion Criteria, Peer-Reviewed Publications, Public Image

Suggested Citation

Manheim, Frank T., Political Science and Practical Politics, a National Dilemma (March 8, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3136505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3136505

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