Today, political science is under attack.
An amendment to the appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would eliminate funding for political science research from the National Science Foundation. To preclude Senate passage of a similar measure, political scientists like me must explain the field’s contribution to human well-being and international security for members of Congress and the voters to whom they are accountable.
Some critics contend that political science does not deserve funding because the study of society and politics is inadequately scientific. Others claim that the discipline’s methods are too scientific, that this approach is unsuitable for the messy world of politics, and that those skeptical about funding it have a point.
Both views are wrong.