The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association also reveals the evolution of the study of politics and international relations in the UK into a highly–professional, diverse, scholarly community, with a broad agenda of research.
The book first reveals the PSA′s modest roots in the early 1950s as a somewhat elitist, club–like organisation resistant to outside influences. We are then shown how an expansion of higher education in Britain imposed new demands on the Association which it was not always able to meet. Coverage is included of the 1975 so–called Oxford coup which led to an attempt to reinvigorate the Association, the PSA′s setbacks of the 1980s, and its emergence as a highly professional organisation providing a wide range of services to its members and seeking to influence higher education policy. Also addressed is the changing role of women within UK political science and the PSA. This book offers rich insights into both the history of an esteemed association and the development of an entire academic discipline.
Chapter 1: The Emergence of a Discipline
Chapter 2: An Elitist Discipline? 1950 63
Chapter 3: The Stirrings of Discontent: 1964 75
Chapter 4: The Oxford–Led Insurgency: 1975
Chapter 5: An Activist and Expanding PSA: 1975 79
Chapter 6: Political Science in a Cold Climate: 1979 92
Chapter 7: A Work in Progress: 1993 2009
Chapter 8: Women and Diversity in British Political Science
Chapter 9: Conclusions: Confronting the Challenges