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European Political Science

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 183–192 | Cite as

transcending the boundaries of political science

  • Karl Magnus Johansson
  • Åsa Vifell
Research

Abstract

The discipline of political science ought to be reoriented to capture the realities of multi-level politics, to understand better the dispersion and complexity of political authority, and to ameliorate its tendency towards fragmentation into separate sub-fields. International/supranational arenas and arenas within states intertwine. The EU, for one, is not something that is separable from the nation state. This article calls into question the appropriateness of the traditional division into ‘national’ and ‘international’ in political science.

Keywords

Europeanisation governance political authority fragmentation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Magnus Johansson
    • 1
  • Åsa Vifell
    • 2
  1. 1.Södertörn University CollegeHuddingeSweden
  2. 2.Stockholm Center for Organizational Research, Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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