What is political science? What should it be?

Bertell Ollman

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    This paper examines the five myths that govern political science: that it studies politics; that it is scientific; that one can study politics cut off from the other social sciences and history; that the state is neutral; and that the bulk of the work in the discipline furthers the cause of democracy. Within political science, there have been three main approaches to criticizing these myths: a moderate one that treats the elements in these myths as more or less disconnected; a radical one that sees a systemic connection between these elements; and a Marxist one that names this system "Capitalism" and privileges the role of the capitalist state in explaining both politics and political science.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)553-562
    Number of pages10
    JournalNew Political Science
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 2000

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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