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In search of Australian political science

Published on Jan 1, 2009
· DOI :10.1057/9780230296848_1
Rosamond Rhodes50
Estimated H-index: 50
(UTAS: University of Tasmania)
Abstract
This book provides the first comprehensive reference work on the history of political studies in Australia. Because the academic study of politics in Australia is largely a post-war phenomenon, the contributors focus on developments since the 1939–45 war, although we also explore the historical roots of each major sub-field. One of our central concerns is the contribution of political science to the study of politics. However, because political studies encompass disciplines other than political science, we also include contributions from historians and philosophers.
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