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Title Forging a discipline : a critical assessment of Oxford's development of the study of politics and international relations in comparative perspective / edited by Christopher Hood, Desmond King, and Gillian Peele.

Publication Info. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014.

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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 290 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Annotation Forging a Discipline analyses the growth of the academic discipline of politics and international relations at Oxford University over the last hundred years. This century marked the maturation and professionalization of social science disciplines such as political science, economics, and sociology in the world's leading universities. The Oxford story of teaching and research in politics provides one case study of this transformation, and the contributors aim to use its specifics better to understand this general process. In their introductory and concluding chapters the Editors argue that Oxford is a critical case to consider because several aspects of the university and its organization seem, at first glance, to militate against disciplinary development and growth. Oxford's institutional structure in which colleges enjoyed autonomy from the central university until quite recently, its proximity to the practice of government and politics through the supply of a steady stream of senior administrators, politicians and prime ministers, and its emphasis on undergraduate teaching through intensive small group tutorials all distinguish the development of teaching and research on politics in the university from such competitors as Manchester or the LSE as explained in one of the contributions. These themes inform the book's chapters in which the contributors examine the founding of the first dedicated position in political science in the university, the study of the British Constitution and the development of electoral studies, the introduction and consolidation of international relations into the Oxford social science curriculum in contrast to the way in which war studies emerged, the commitment to research and teaching in political theory, the careful harvesting of area studies, particularly of Latin America and Eastern Europe including Russia, and the distinctive role of Oxford's two social science graduate colleges, Nuffield and St Antony's, in fostering a graduate programme of study and research. What emerges from these historically researched and analytical accounts is the surprising capacity of members of the politics discipline at Oxford to forge a leading place for their scholarly perspectives and research in such core parts of the discipline as political theory, the study of comparative politics as a subject rather than as an area, ideas about order in international relations and the scientific study of elections in Britain and comparatively. That these achievements occurred in a university lacking the formal system of hierarchy and, until the last decade, departmentalization makes this volume a valuable addition to studies of the professionalization of social science research and teaching in modern universities.
Contents Introduction / the editors -- A tale of three cities: the early years of political science in Oxford, London, and Manchester / Rodney Barker -- Warden Anson, All Souls College, and the curious creation of the Gladstone Chair of Political Theory and Institutions at Oxford, c.1908-1912 / S.J.D. Green -- The role of specialist graduate colleges in disciplinary development / Laurence Whitehead -- Paradigms lost: how Oxford escaped the paradigm wars of the 1960s and 70s / Alan Ryan -- Political science and institution building: Oxford in comparative perspective / Robert E. Goodin -- Elections / John Curtice -- Constitutionalism since Dicey / Iain McLean -- Political theory, philosophy, and the social sciences: five Chichele professors / David Miller -- The academic normalization of international relations at Oxford, 1920-2012: structures transcended / Martin Ceadel -- The study of war at Oxford 1909-2009 / Hew Strachan -- Beyond Zanzibar: the road to comparative inductive institutionalism / Jack Hayward -- The study of communist and post-communist politics / Archie Brown and Stephen Whitefield -- Conclusion: what can be learned from the Oxford politics story? / the editors.
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Subject University of Oxford.
University of Oxford.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar
Political science -- Study and teaching -- England -- Oxford.
International relations -- Study and teaching -- England -- Oxford.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Hood, Christopher, 1947- editor.
King, Desmond S., editor.
Peele, Gillian, 1949- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Forging a discipline. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014 0199682216 (DLC) 2014931014 (OCoLC)875399141
ISBN 9780191504754 (electronic bk.)
0191504750 (electronic bk.)