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Forging a Discipline: A Critical Assessment of Oxford's Development of the Study of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Perspective

Christopher Hood, Desmond King, and Gillian Peele

Abstract

This book analyses the growth of the academic discipline of politics and international relations at Oxford University over the last century. The Oxford story of teaching and research in politics provides one case study of the maturation and professionalization of social science disciplines that occurred in the world’s leading universities during that time. Oxford is a critical case because several aspects of its organization seem, at first glance, to militate against disciplinary development. Its institutional structure, in which colleges enjoyed autonomy from the central university until rece ... More

Keywords: University of Oxford, politics, international relations, Nuffield College, St Antony’s College, comparative politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682218
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682218.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hood, editor
Gladstone Professor of Government, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Desmond King, editor
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Gillian Peele, editor
Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

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Part I Setting the Scene

1 Introduction

Christopher Hood, Desmond King, and Gillian Peele

Part II Origins and Overview: The Academic Study of Politics in Oxford and Elsewhere

Part III Developments: What it Led to, in Disciplines and Discoveries

7 Elections

John Curtice

13 The Study of Communist and Post-Communist Politics

Archie Brown and Stephen Whitefield*

Part IV An Assessment