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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political scientist noun

Examples of political science in a Sentence

a degree in political science

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Now, predictably, Trump is turning unpredictability into a political science at home and abroad. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 Wendy Schiller, the chair of political science at Brown University, says established Republicans don’t want to work for Trump. Bloomberg.com, "GOP Has Been Compromised by Protectionism, Sen. Jeff Flake Says," 31 July 2017 The high court ruled that Marquette University should immediately reinstate former political science professor John McAdams, finding that the college failed to give him the academic freedom he is guaranteed under his contract. Ruth Ravve, Fox News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018 Reckhow is an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "MSU-led internship program helps Detroit move forward," 14 July 2018 Gregory Koger, professor of political science at the University of Miami, said the party not controlling the White House usually does well in mid-term elections and expects Florida Democrats to benefit. Phil Galewitz And David Smiley, miamiherald, "In Florida, mid-term elections hold little hope for Medicaid expansion," 6 July 2018 The desire to belong shapes American opinions Our findings are in keeping with a growing political science literature on how the desire to conform to group norms shapes ideology. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 Tom Burke, a Wellesley College professor of political science who studies the role of courts in public policy, said that disputes that make it to the Supreme Court are by definition difficult cases. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "In polarizing era, respect for precedent depends on the case," 11 July 2018 After graduation, holding a political science degree but unsure of his career path, Levine responded on a whim to an ad in the Miami Herald for a port lecturer with Royal Caribbean. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018

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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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