Political Agendas in the Study of Political Science in Europe

This project aims to identify to what extent significant moments for European politics or for the discipline as a profession in Europe are used for asking fundamental questions about the discipline and/or to push forward a consistent agenda for the study of political science

For this purpose, it first investigates through both quantitative and qualitative methods the structure, themes and discursive features of English-language studies or articles that present the discipline of political science in a national or comparative context within Europe since the establishment of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in late 1940s. Next, it explores in these sources the potential argumentative patterns and trends over time and in relation with the establishment of other local (i.e. European or national) professional associations, as well as in relation with major political moments in the post-WWII history of Europe (ex. détente, end of the Cold War, EU enlargement etc.). This analysis makes use of the recently created bibliographical database Global Study on the Development of Political Science (GSPS) of the IPSA RC33 to which it also contributes with a list of newly identified and historically relevant texts.

After completing this stage in mid-2016, the project will further develop a methodology for periodic assessments of the political agenda in the study of political science, which could be replicated for other regional contexts and/or for a dynamic analysis of the evolution of the political agenda of the European political science. 

A special attention is granted to the emergence within and around political science of sub-disciplines or interdisciplinary fields such as international relations (theory) and development studies, as well as to international cooperation initiatives in the area.