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

Lisa, Harrison and Saez, Lawrence (2009) 'Political Studies in the UK: A Twenty-First Century Health Check.' European Political Science, 8 (3). pp. 345-355.

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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

Item Type: Journal Articles
Additional Information: Partially reprinted in New Statesman, 2 November 2009 (special supplement): 18-19.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1057/eps.2009.18
Depositing User: Huei-Lan Liu
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 15:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8154

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