ERIC Number: ED223492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
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Inside the APSA: Politics in the Profession.
Adams, L. Jerold; Waite, James L.
The extent to which the professional association and the journal of political scientists are representative of members of the discipline was studied. Articles in the "American Political Science Review" (APSR) from 1958 to 1979 and presidential speeches of the American Political Science Association (APSA) were classified according to whether they advocated traditional, behavioral, or post-behavioral approaches or whether they were neutral in content. In addition, 140 political scientists teaching at Midwestern universities and colleges responded to a questionnaire. Results indicate that 5 of the 13 presidential addresses discussed post-behavioralism as the future approach for political science, 3 advocated traditional approaches, 2 focused on behavioralism, 1 was neutral, and 2 were not classified. During the last decade, APSR articles have been 33 percent traditional, 59 percent behavioral, and 6 percent post-behavioral. Further research reveals that 49 percent of all articles appearing between 1960 and 1979 originated at only 20 universities. Responses to the questionnaire suggest that the APSR does not meet the teaching or research needs of the majority of political scientists, most of whom identify their approaches as traditional. Also, most of the political scientists surveyed believe that APSA neither sets trends nor provides leadership. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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