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A glass half full: the growing strength of French political science

Andy Smith 1
1 UMR5116
CED - Centre Émile Durkheim
Abstract : French political science remains an enigma for the rest of our discipline. Despite its early involvement in establishing the study of politics, today it is relatively small, fraught with internal difficulties and largely unknown in the rest of the world. Notwithstanding these traits, this article argues that, over the last three decades, political science in France has institutionalized, internationalized and deepened its engagement with the public sphere. Indeed, not only are student numbers expanding, but colleagues in our discipline consistently produce original and robust data and publications. Based upon statistics and participatory observation over the last 30 years, this piece’s central claim is that although much could of course be improved, contemporary French political science is now well positioned to make more sustained contributions to our discipline as a whole. Understanding better and highlighting the positive aspects of its trajectory provide ways of striving towards this goal.
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Andy Smith. A glass half full: the growing strength of French political science. European Political Science, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 19, pp.253-271. ⟨10.1057/s41304-019-00238-w⟩. ⟨halshs-02433848⟩

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