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Why is government an academic field of study?Why is government an academic field of study?
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There are many reasons why the study of government (also known as political science) is an academic field of study.
First, you can look at the importance of the field. In most countries, governments have a great deal to do with the welfare of the country. Therefore, the study of how government works is of great importance. It is important to understand, for example, how various kinds of government actions impact their societies.
Second, you can look at how complicated the topic is. It is very difficult methodologically speaking to study government. One must figure out how to isolate the variables one wants to study. For example, if you want to understand the impact of various voting systems (like England's first past the post system vs. Australia's alternative voting system) you have to be able to determine which of the differences in the two countries' systems are due to voting systems and which are due to other factors.
So, political science is both important and complicated. For these reasons, it is an academic field of study.
Posted by pohnpei397 on May 8, 2011 at 6:51 AM (Answer #2)
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