Chapter 3 Summary

Chapter 3 Summary - Chapter 3 The basic question addressed...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3 The basic question addressed in this chapter is, How can we usefully define the discipline of political science? We begin by focusing on three subjects of great interest to political scientists: political philosophy and ethics, the empirical and behavioral study of politics, and public policy. We can think of these interests as the ethical, empirical, and prudential components of political science. The discipline of political science has traditionally included the following 4 subfields: 1. American Government -- the study of how government and politics works in the United States. 2. International Relations -- the study of how countries and other major political actors interact in the international system. 3. Comparative Politics -- study of political and governance processes in countries around the world. 4. Political Theory -- what are the best and most just forms of governance. Beyond the 4 traditional fields, political science is concerned with worthy political values, or ethics, with what ought to be in politics. Every community adheres to certain values, is inspired by certain purposes, is dedicated to certain goals, and is politics....
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