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Traditions of political science in contemporary Britain


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Rhodes, R A W and Bevir, M 2007 , 'Traditions of political science in contemporary Britain', in Robert Adcock and Mark Bevir and Shannon Stimson (eds.), Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Approaches to a Historical Political Science since 1880 , Princeton University Press, Princeton, pp. 234-258.

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British political science has a dominant self-image based on a narrative of professionalisation. This narrative tells how a Whig inheritance evolved into a more mature, largely autonomous, professional, and suitably cautious discipline. Perhaps paradoxically it also contrasts the restraint of the British discipline with the excessive scientism and professionalism of its American counterpart. It concludes with a portrait of a professional discipline producing what we might think of as modernist empiricist knowledge, that is, knowledge reached through atomisation, comparison, classification, and even quantification.

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Authors/Creators:Rhodes, R A W and Bevir, M
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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