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The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3210-0
200 pages
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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By tracing the history of the PSA, The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association reveals the changing nature of the study of politics in Britain and the development of British higher education.
  • Shows how the PSA developed from a small elitist club to a highly professional discipline
  • Offers parallels to the development of the study of politics as a discipline in the UK
  • Appeal extends to those who study higher education and political scientists

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Preface

Chapter 1: The Emergence of a Discipline

Chapter 2: An Elitist Discipline? 1950–63

Chapter 3: The Stirrings of Discontent: 1964–75

Chapter 4: The Oxford-Led Insurgency: 1975

Chapter 5: An Activist and Expanding PSA: 1975–79

Chapter 6: Political Science in a Cold Climate: 1979–92

Chapter 7: A Work in Progress: 1993–2009

Chapter 8: Women and Diversity in British Political Science

Chapter 9: Conclusions: Confronting the Challenges

References

Index

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Wyn Grant is Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick and a member of the Population and Diseases Research Group in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is a former chair and president of the Political Studies Association, former president of the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association, and a current member of the executive committee of the International Political Science Association. Grant has written extensively on political economy and comparative public policy.
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"Others will also enjoy the book for its well-judged account of the association's history, its rich insights into disciplinary developments, and for Grant's perceptive, humane observations of the individuals involved." (Times Higher Education, 17 February 2011)
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