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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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 The recent proposals could also become bargaining chips to get more tech companies to the table, says Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at the UC San Diego. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech," 16 July 2019 School integration, though, would have never happened if it had been strictly left up to white parents and white school districts, said Ravi Perry, incoming chair of the political science department at Howard University in Washington. John Blake, CNN, "Harris dropped a bomb on Biden that's bigger than politics," 29 June 2019 Elizabeth Bennion, a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, said locally, Buttigieg has support from longtime organizations representing black citizens, such as the NAACP. Indianapolis Star, "How Buttigieg's tense town hall might hurt — or help — his campaign," 24 June 2019 Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, a pro-democracy activist and former chair of the political science department at City University of Hong Kong, said in an interview. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "In Hong Kong, masses turn out in ‘last battle’ against China extradition bill," 11 June 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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