The too-often unhappy 'marriage' of political theory and political science has long been a source of anguish for both partners. Should this troubled partnership be dissolved? Or might this marriage yet be saved? Ball answers the former question negatively and the latter affirmatively. Playing the part of therapist instead of theorist, he selectively recounts a number of episodes which estranged the partners and strained the marriage. And yet, he concludes that the conflicts were in hindsight more constructive than destructive, benefiting both partners in heretofore unexpected ways and perhaps paving a path toward reconciliation and rapprochement.
Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Paula Booke and Todd J. Wiebe
Politicking in the digital age The study of elections is a core element of the discipline of political science and an important component of introductory courses. This course content provides students with opportunities to encounter and
A Study of Two Argumentative Tropes
figure. 33 The delegation, advocated by pluralists, of normative powers to civil society would undermine the capacity of the state to act efficiently as a single body. Pluralism and Antipluralism in Political Science during the Cold War In the era
Joanna L. Mosser
Scholars identify the classical and neoliberal commitment to consumption, production, and self-directing individualism as a cultural barrier to ecological thinking and action. The state's complicity in the production of market-based norms and practices hostile to ecological thinking is widely acknowledged. Some solutions, in turn, advocate the liberating force of critical pedagogies that cultivate alternative conceptions of the individual, place, production, consumption, and environment. Missing in this literature is a consideration of the implications of state-based instructional methods for the pursuit of such critical, liberating pedagogies. This article revisits the sovereign territorial state as a modern form of political authority and explores the implications of the state's project of self-authoring standardization and consolidation for the development of ecological thinking and action. The epistemology and ontology of the modern state is rooted in a praxis of subject-hood that dismisses, and constructs as dangerous, the anarchic, self-authoring tendencies of the everyday. Recovering the everyday as a site of authorship, agency, and choice is a first step to creating individuals who take seriously the demands of ecological thinking and action.
“Casteism”, Communalism, and Regionalism in Indian Social Science Textbooks
Basabi Khan Banerjee and Georg Stöber
Three societal lines of conflict, “casteism”, communalism, and regionalism, are regarded as severe challenges in present-day India. This article discusses and compares differences between presentations of these lines of conflict in six textbook series for social sciences prepared by the Indian states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi. The variations in perspective, scope, and approach are related to changing educational approaches and to specific discourses of identity politics, which may be explained in terms of the impact of different positions adopted by states and the union towards the issues, and in terms of the discursive dominance of specific sociopolitical viewpoints.
Reflecting on his academic exile in the United States, the German
political scientist Franz L. Neumann emphasized the cross-fertilization
of ideas as a result of the confrontation of different scientific and
political cultures.1 According to Neumann, the migration of hundreds
of European academics to the United States led to a growing
internationalization of the social sciences and a two-way learning
process. The Europeans became accustomed to the practice of the
American liberal democracy and learned to value its political culture;
émigré scholars, on the other hand, brought with them a different
academic Denkstil and contributed to a more critical self-understanding
of American democratic theory.
Penny Welch and Susan Wright
videos in political science, peer dialogue in education studies, polarisation anxiety among social science students and active learning in criminology. In the first article, Regnar Kristensen explores serendipity in research and teaching. He describes
Dannica Fleuß and Gary S. Schaal
relationship to empirical studies of democracy – are well defined or the object of a canonical agreement. Nevertheless, scholars around the globe – mostly affiliated with political science or public policy departments – describe the subject of their everyday
Rikki Dean, Jean-Paul Gagnon, and Hans Asenbaum
Theory. 2 This is an odd discursive silence not observable in other closely aligned fields of thought such as political theory, 3 political science, 4 social theory, 5 philosophy, 6 economic theory, 7 and public policy/administration 8 – each of
Surveying the lack of pedagogical and theoretical diversity in American International Relations
Christopher R. Cook
field of Education this discussion has only just begun in political science and international relations (IR) specifically. For Education Studies internationalising the classroom has often meant teaching students to confront and understand the diversity