“Methodological Pluralism in European Political Science”, Virginie Guiraudon (Sciences Po, France)

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ECPR is an opportunity to reflect on the origins and development of European political science and provide a critical assessment of the achievements and challenges lying ahead. As disciplines go, 50 years is a short period of time. Yet, this half-century has been a defining period for the development of political science in Europe: disciplinary norms have emerged and become institutionalized in training and research units and in professional organizations – such as the ECPR; the scholarly community and production have dramatically grown across the continent; the sophistication of the analytical and methodological tools of the discipline has significantly increased and the knowledge production and exchange disseminated under the label “political science” is bigger than it has ever been.

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