The last half-century has been a defining period for the development of political science in Europe: disciplinary norms have become institutionalized in professional organizations, training units, and research centres; the scholarly community has dramatically grown in size across the continent; the analytical and methodological tools of the discipline are increasingly sophisticated; and the knowledge disseminated under the label “political science” is bigger than it has ever been.
Political Science in Europe takes stock of these developments and reflects on the achievements of the discipline, and the challenges it faces. Is there a distinctive "European" blend of political science? Is the European political science community cohesive and inclusive? How does the discipline cope with the neoliberalisation of academia, and the diffusion of illiberal politics? Leading and up-and-coming political scientists answer these questions by discussing the discipline's key concepts and intellectual trends, its professional structures, and its relationship with its social, economic, and political environment.
Thibaud Boncourt is Associate Professor of Political Science, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.Isabelle Engeli is Professor of Public Policy, University of Exeter.Diego Garzia is SNSF Professor of Political Science, University of Lausanne.
1. Fifty Years of Political Science in Europe: An Introduction, Thibaud Boncourt, Isabelle Engeli, and Diego Garzia
PART I: EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE
2. Is There a European Touch?, Yves Mény
3. “The Political” in European Political Science, Terrell Carver
4. Methodological Pluralism in European Political Science, Virginie Guiraudon
5. The Expansion of the Political Science Dataverse, Russell J. Dalton
PART II: THE PROFESSION OF EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE
6. Interpreting Scientific Regionalization: Where European Political Science Associations Come From and How They Shape the Discipline, Thibaud Boncourt
7. The World of Political Science: Internationalization and Its Consequences, Pippa Norris
8. From Imagined Disciplinary Communities to Building Professional Solidarity: Political Science in Postcommunist Europe, Luciana Alexandra Ghica
9. Patterns of Gender Inequality in European Political Science, Isabelle Engeli and Liza Mügge
10. Race, Intersectionality, and Diversity in European Political Science, Shardia Briscoe-Palmer and Kate Mattocks
PART III: EUROPEAN POLITICAL SCIENCE IN ITS ENVIRONMENT
11. Making European Political Science Matter: Policy Advice by European Political Scientists, Ivar Bleiklie, Marleen Brans, and Svein Michelsen
12. The Engagement of European Political Scientists with Parties and Citizens: The Case of Voting Advice Applications, Diego Garzia and Alexander H. Trechsel
13. Politics of Public Policy Revisited: Lessons from European Welfare State Research, Anton Hemerijck
14. Political Science at Risk in Europe: Frailness and the Study of Power, David Paternotte and Mieke Verloo
15. The Boundaries of Political Science in Europe, Kris Deschouwer
A tribute to the vitality of European Political Science, this volume is a tour de force. The editors and contributors, representing the full diversity of the field, powerfully assert that a cohesive discipline has emerged to collectively grapple with the mounting challenges of the 21st century. A must-read for all who engage with political science inside and outside of Europe.