Symposium: The Changing Shape of Higher Education Since the 1960s


, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 132-139

First online:

The Politics of Studying Politics: Political Science Since the 1960s

  • Daniel DiSalvoAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science, The City College of New York—CUNY Email author 

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The field of political science has undergone significant change since the 1960s. The major shift was toward far greater quantification in the scholarly analyses. That movement sparked enduring controversies. These include disputes pitting scientific detachment against political relevance; specialization against accessibility; and quantitative against qualitative analysis. This article traces the contours of these controversies and offers some reflections on the discipline’s possible future.


Political science Social sciences Rational choice Behavioralism Academic discipline Quatitative Qualitative