political science


Definition of political science

: a social science concerned chiefly with the description and analysis of political and especially governmental institutions and processes

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Other Words from political science

political scientist noun

Examples of political science in a Sentence

a degree in political science

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Seth Masket, a professor of political science at the University of Denver, writes in an email. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Democratic Debate Live: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and More Face Off in Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Leah Stokes, a professor of political science specializing in climate policy at UC Santa Barbara, said Harris and other Democrats have embraced a sense of urgency by staking out ambitious target dates to eliminate emissions. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, "Kamala Harris releases $10-trillion plan to fight climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Reviewing a Corey Robin book in these pages is an interesting task, for these pages have been a frequent subject of inquiry for the professor of political science at Brooklyn College. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, "The Not So Enigmatic Clarence Thomas," 22 Aug. 2019 Green will also keep his titles of director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and distinguished professor of political science. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "University of Akron President-elect Gary Miller’s base salary will be $475,000," 16 Aug. 2019 Sharon Wright Austin, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, estimates that the number of African-Americans who’ve published with the journal hasn’t even hit double digits. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "A top US political science journal ignored race and gender—until 12 women took over," 31 July 2019 Leung graduated and left Hong Kong, entering a doctorate program in political science at the University of Washington in Seattle. Alice Su, latimes.com, "In Hong Kong, one protester pulls off his mask and defines a movement," 6 July 2019 This project was made possible through the generosity of William Mayer, a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston and an expert on presidential campaigns. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "Methodology for 'Journey to power: The history of black voters, 1976 to 2020'," 29 July 2019 Julia Azari, an associate professor of political science at Marquette University, says that the ideal system probably lies somewhere between the brokered conventions of the 1960s and the nearly fully democratised system of today. The Economist, "Should political parties really let anyone run for president?," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of political science

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of political science was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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