Controlling the "Commanding Heights" of Political Science Education: A Survey of Political Economy Courses from an Author-Based Perspective

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The article presents the results of a study which investigated the question of whether U.S. college courses in political economy provide an introduction to all of the field's major schools of thought. It was found that any given instructor typically did not provide a wide range of views. A broad perspective could be obtained by taking multiple courses in political economy, since most departments offer a fairly diverse set of classes on the subject. It is noted, however, that the average college student is unlikely to take more than one of these, and is therefore likely to receive a lopsided view of the field.


This article was originally published in Political Science Reviewer.

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Political Science Reviewer