Political Science as a Profession
Title: Political Science as a Profession
Author: MENY, Yves
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Citation: European Political Science, 2010, 9, (S 1), S11-S21
A discipline cannot pretend to be such if political borders are reflected in its organisation, methodologies or practices. While pluralistic approaches are highly desirable, it is crucial for any discipline worthy of the name to profEssionalise itself. This article argues that in spite of imperfections, drawbacks and differentiated development, huge progress has been made towards this goal through the setting up of common standards, improved Ph.D. and post-doctoral training and international mobility. Cross-national organisations or pan-European programmes have played a major role in this (incomplete) transformation.
Subject: professionalisation; standards; training; mobility
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