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Learning About Politics in Time and Space


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Contents List of Photographs viii Introduction Reflections From Experience 9 A Memoir 11; The Perspective of the Author 14 SOCIALIZATION OF A SOCIAL SCIENTIST Chapter 1: The Roots of a Political Scientist 21 Growing Up in a Border City 22; Learning in Spite of School 26; Learning from the Library and from the Streets 28 Chapter 2: Discovering Learning 33 An Old-Fashioned University Education 34; Exploring Europe 38; My Education as a Reporter 40 Chapter 3: The Education of Amateur Political Scientists 47 Before the Transformation 48; Manchester Made Me 57; Committed Political Sociologists 60 Chapter 4: The Professionalization of Political Science 65 The Expansion of Universities Nationally 66; Training Students: The Strathclyde Approach 68; Institutionalizing Professional Links Across Europe 74 EXPERIENCING HISTORY FORWARDS Chapter 5: England Then and Now 81 Learning About Class 82; Class Parties? 84; From England to Scotland 89 Chapter 6: America Then and Now 95 Free at Last 96; Washington: A Small Town Now Global in Impact 101 Chapter 7: Northern Ireland: Nothing Civil About Civil War 107 A Warm Welcome From All Sides 109; Guns Come Out 111; Governing Without the Rule of Law 115; What an Outsider Did 118 Chapter 8: Fallout From the Berlin Wall 125 The Reality Behind the Wall 126; Free to Choose 128; Russians and Russia 133; What I Did 136 LEARNING TO COMPARE Chapter 9: Concepts Are More Than Words 145 Naming What You Observe 146; In the Field 151; Conversing Through Questionnaires 154 Chapter 10: Communicating What You Know 159 Writing as a Discipline 160; Form Follows Function 166; What Would You Tell the President About Iraq in Three Minutes? 171 Chapter 11: Public Policy and Political Science 175 Disciplined Research and Undisciplined Problems 176; Creating a ProblemFocussed Centre 179; Distinctive Tools 181; Impact Long Term 185; L'envoi 189 References 191 Brief Curriculum Vitae 199 Index 205

About the Author

Richard Rose has been Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde since 1966 and is currently Visiting Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He founded the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at Strathclyde in 1976 - the first public policy centre in a European university. He has held visiting appointments at Oxford, Cambridge, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Central European University, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute and Paul Lazarsfeld Society, Vienna. He has also acted as consultant to organisations including the World Bank, UNDP and the OECD. Rose has held seminars and presented public policy papers in in numerous countries on six continents. His work has been translated into 17 languages and samizdat, and he has contributed widely to print and television media on two continents. He has been awarded seven lifetime achievement honours, in the United Kingdom, USA, Sweden, Finland and Italy.


'A sociologically riveting account of the development of political science... Rose shows a keen eye for the idiosyncrasies of politicians and political scientists. I have learnt a huge amount from this book, and with enormous pleasure.' David Soskice, LSE and Duke University. 'Informative about past controversies and incisively extroverted about present concerns of political scientists in Europe and the US. It has much to teach those willing to learn from Richard Rose's hard-earned experience.' Jack Hayward, past president, UK Politics Association 'A fascinating insight into the working practices of one of the political science profession's most prolific and distinguished scholars. It recounts the books, people, ideas, experiences, research and even the films, music and sport, that feed his boundless curiosity about the world.' Ken Newton, University of Southampton and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung 'Drawing on a remarkable career spanning continents and half a century, Richard Rose tells us where political science has been, and about how to practice good political science in the future. A stimulating assignment for any course in Scope and Methods.' Ian McAllister, Australian National University

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