European Political Science

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 345–355

Political Studies in the UK: A Twenty-First Century Health Check

  • Lisa Harrison
  • Lawrence Sáez

DOI: 10.1057/eps.2009.18

Cite this article as:
Harrison, L. & Sáez, L. Eur Polit Sci (2009) 8: 345. doi:10.1057/eps.2009.18


This article consists of a short summary of the notable historical shifts that have accompanied the emergence of political science as an academic discipline in the UK. We provide an assessment of the state of the discipline today, focussing upon curriculum developments and quality, student recruitment, the impact of the Research Assessment Exercise, and the UK Political Studies Association’s membership and activities (with particular emphasis on the role of specialist groups and activities, which reach beyond the purely academic community). In doing so we draw upon data from recent surveys, reports and benchmarking exercises to illustrate areas of particular strength within the discipline in the UK and areas where more can be done to facilitate engagement and excellence in both teaching and research.


political science United Kingdom Political Studies Association 

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Harrison
    • 1
  • Lawrence Sáez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsPhilosophy and International Relations, University of the West of England, Frenchay CampusBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)LondonUK

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