How Political Science Might Regain Relevance and Obtain an Audience: A Manifesto for the 21st Century
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- Eisfeld, R. Eur Polit Sci (2011) 10: 220. doi:10.1057/eps.2010.49
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In contrast to its quantitative advances, political science has made only modest contributions to addressing salient contemporary issues. Political studies have largely been reduced to a functionalist science of ‘managing’ parliamentary-party government. The article argues in favour of the discipline redefining itself as a science of democracy, the need for partisan visions in attaining a ‘good society’, the need to help citizens grapple with policy alternatives, and that political scientists should take sides when democratic government conflicts with business interests.