American Political Scientists: A Dictionary-- Second Edition / Edition 2

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This dictionary offers the only comprehensive collection of profiles of American political scientists, each of whom contributed significantly to the intellectual development of American political science from its beginnings in the late-19th century to the present. This second edition includes 22 new and 110 revised entries, reflecting new scholarship that emerged during the 1990s. Numerous experts helped the editors develop this consensus group of the 193 political scientists who have made the most important theoretical contributions over the years, with attention to varied approaches and the different subfields.

Alphabetically arranged entries focus on the main ideas and major works by each scholar, listing list the most important publications by and about the individual. There are numerous cross-references to show how the work of one scholar has influenced another in the discipline. Appendices list the political scientists by degree-granting institutions and by major fields. A short bibliography points to important general readings about the profession. A general index makes this major reference easily accessible for broad interdisciplinary research.

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Utter and Lockhart, two established political scientists in their own right, focus on the theoretical contributions of 171 political scientists who represent the origins and early years of the academic discipline, as well as the contemporary period. Extant reputational studies, citation studies, and expert advice contributed to the selection of scholars for inclusion. The contributors of the signed entries come from diverse universities Entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Averaging approximately two to three pages in length, they focus on the main themes, theories, and major works by each scholar and list the most important publications by and about the individual. Appendixes list the political scientists by the universities where they got their Ph.D.s and by major field (comparative politics, electoral behavior and public opinion, formal or positive theory, etc.). A selected bibliography includes sources dealing with the history and nature of the discipline of political science It should be noted that biographies are not complete. Personal information on a scholar's education or career, for example, is not included. Contributors emphasize the main ideas in each scholar's work and trace sustained research, scholarship, and public service Utter and Lockhart have succeeded in providing a reliable and comprehensive overview of political scientists of record.
Helping to bridge a gap in the profession that has arisen largely from the specialization in subdisciplines defined by subject area and methodological approach, signed profiles of 171 political scientists who have made significant contributions to the varied areas of the discipline reflect the historical development of American political science from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present. Through the treatment of more recent political scientists, the dictionary offers a description of the current status of research in political science. Appendices array the profiled figures by degree- granting institution and by subfield. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313319570
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 1,517,072
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

GLENN H. UTTER is Professor of Political Science at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He is the author of the Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights (Oryx Press, 2000), Campaign and Election Reform (1997), and The Religious Right (1995).

CHARLES LOCKHART is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition: Political Science for Fun and Profit by Aaron Wildavsky

Foreword to the Second Edition by Robert Jervis

Preface to the First Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

The Dictionary

Appendix 1: Political Scientists Listed by Degree-Granting Institution

Appendix 2: Political Scientists Listed by Subfields

Selected Bibliography


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