In defence of British politics : the past, present and future of the discipline
Kerr, Peter and Kettell, Steven. (2006) In defence of British politics : the past, present and future of the discipline. British Politics, Vol.1 (No.1). pp. 3-25. ISSN 1746-918XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.bp.4200004
In recent years the study of British politics has come under increasing pressure from a variety of developments within academia, most notably a growing trend towards analyses which take the international arena as the main focus of inquiry. This article argues that such changes have had a detrimental effect upon the status and cohesion of the study of British politics as a self-contained discipline, but that the recent decline of academic interest in 'British politics' has also been accelerated by the failure of British politics' scholars themselves to overcome the historical problems associated with the Westminster model. As such, this article traces the evolution of British politics as a field of study, and highlights some of the main challenges that it presently faces. Primarily, these are based around a lack of disciplinary coherence, an insufficient integration between theoretical and empirical, as well as historical and contemporary analyses, and an inadequate conceptualisation of continuity and change.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Political science -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- Politics and government|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Politics|
|Official Date:||April 2006|
|Page Range:||pp. 3-25|
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