Perestroika!: The Raucous Rebellion in Political Science



An examination of the movement that has turned the discipline of political science upside down

This superb volume describes the events and ramifications of a revolt within the political science discipline that began in 2000 with a disgruntled e-mail message signed by one "Mr. Perestroika." The message went to seventeen recipients who quickly forwarded it to others, and soon the Perestroika revolt became a major movement calling for change in the American political science community.

What is the Perestroika movement? Why did it occur? What has it accomplished? What remains to be done? Most important, what does it tell us about the nature of political science, about methodological pluralism and diversity, about the process of publishing scholarly work, and about graduate education in the field? The contributors to the book--thoughtful political scientists who offer a variety of perspectives--set the Perestroika movement in historical and comparative contexts. They address many topics related to heart of the debate--a desire for tolerance of methodological diversity--and assess the changes that have come in the wake of Perestroika. For political scientists and their graduate students, and for those interested in the history or sociology of social sciences, this volume is essential reading.

Product Details

Yale University Press
Publish Date
September 30, 2005
6.1 X 1.13 X 9.34 inches | 1.87 pounds
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About the Author

Kristen Renwick Monroe is professor of political science and philosophy, University of California at Irvine. She is the author or editor of eight previous books.