ERIC Number: ED209145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
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Matching the Skills of Political Scientists to the Needs of Public and Private Institutions.
Hargrove, Erwin C.
This monograph presents results of a study which investigated possible ways in which political science training could be useful in government agencies, research firms, and business organizations. The investigation was based on interviews conducted by members of the American Political Science Association (APSA) with executives and political scientists in a variety of institutions regarding political science-related employment needs. The major objective of this report is to offer recommendations to aid academic political scientists as they develop and implement graduate education programs at colleges and universities. The recommendations, based on findings from the interviews, are presented in outline form in four categories--federal government, state government, private research firms, and private business organizations. Findings include that government employers at state and federal levels value specific skills and political service over academic degrees, private research firms place a high premium upon generalist over professional skills, and private businesses tend to hire political scientists in staff rather than executive positions. The conclusion is that Ph.D. political scientists do not generally have any comparative advantage over MBAs, MAs in public policy, or Ph.D. economists regarding employment potential in government, research, or business firms. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: This is a report of work done by the American Political Science Association Committee on Professional Development.