ERIC Number: ED209142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Generalizing About the Use of Political Science in Government.
Nagel, Stuart S.
This paper develops some generalizations about uses of political scientists and political science in government. Information is based on essays written by political scientists which appear in the "Political Science Utilization Directory." Developed by the Policy Studies Organization, this publication includes largely verbatim survey results concerning how politicial scientists think they and their discipline have been and can be used to better advantage in government agencies. All directory contributors are members of the American Political Science Association and are employed in government at federal, state, and local levels. The 1975 survey (the most recent) offers 108 short essays covering 61 government agencies. Generalizations are offered in six areas: (1) political science-related job opportunities exist in both generalist positions and in positions which require specialized knowledge of specific policies or programs involving, for example, energy, criminal justice, or labor; (2) skills in policy analysis and program evaluation are particularly helpful; (3) political science students should receive more interdisciplinary training and should be imbued with concern for the substance of government programs as well as knowledge about methods for evaluating alternatives; (4) political science knowledge is particularly valuable in governmental research activities; (5) political science contributes methodological tools and data sources for policy analysis; and (6) political science helps policy practitioners become aware of existing and/or ongoing studies which may be useful in their own work. Among conclusions offered are that political scientists are being increasingly better trained and placed in government, including positions which involve analyzing alternative public policies and programs. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (New York, NY, September, 1981).