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political science

a social science dealing with political institutions and with the principles and conduct of government.
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political scientist, noun Unabridged
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  • The authors are invited to take a sociology or political science course once in a while.
  • They are all students of political science, now in their last year.
  • Examines the dichotomy between area studies and the more traditional discipline of political science.
  • The program offers multidisciplinary coursework in economics, political science, and sociology.
  • My own graduate studies focused on public administration, community development, and political science.
  • In fact it is a concept in any school of political science.
British Dictionary definitions for political science

political science

(esp as an academic subject) the study of the state, government, and politics: one of the social sciences
Derived Forms
political scientist, noun
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political science in Culture

political science definition

The systematic study of government and politics. Political science is a social science that makes generalizations and analyses about political systems and political behavior and uses these results to predict future behavior. Political science includes the study of political philosophy, ethics, international relations and foreign policy, public administration, and the dynamic relations between different parts of governments.

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