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  • Describe nature of Political Science
  • Identify scope of Political Science
  • Define the Political Science

Political science encompasses the comprehensive examination of politics and power, spanning various dimensions such as domestic, international, and comparative perspectives. This multifaceted discipline involves the exploration of political ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behaviour, as well as the roles played by groups, classes, government bodies, diplomacy, law, strategy, and warfare.

August Comte once asserted that theories serve as conceptual lenses through which we can navigate the multitude of facts encountered in our daily lives. The absence of theories could render it challenging to distinguish between facts and mere information. There are several key attributes that characterize a robust theory. The first of these is parsimony, which underscores the need for simplicity and economy in theorizing, avoiding unnecessary speculation and intricate details. The second crucial feature of a sound theory is precision; it must offer sufficient detail to enable accurate assessments and explanations of the world. An elegant theory succinctly yet precisely interprets, describes, explains, or predicts various aspects of the world. It is worth noting, however, that these virtues are often associated with scientific theories. The social sciences, including political science, grapple with unique challenges as they involve numerous uncontrollable and unforeseen forces that impact political and social life. Consequently, social and political practices are seldom replicable. In response, some experts argue that social scientists should not attempt to replicate the methods of the natural sciences but rather develop their own standards and approaches.

For scholars of social and political phenomena, the ability to empathize and think in ways similar to the subjects of their study is an essential element of their work. In Western intellectual history, political theory has evolved from a blend of political philosophy and political thought, although it remains distinct from both. It differs from political philosophy by being less formal and atomistic, with less emphasis on establishing logical connections between individual political concepts. Political theory also diverges from political thought by placing less emphasis on historical narratives. Instead, it combines deductive argumentation and empirical analysis with normative considerations, imbuing it with a practical, action-oriented character. Political theory strives to provide a comprehensive, coherent, and general account of the concepts central to political discourse. A proficient political theorist possesses the ability to navigate between social realities and political concepts, demanding a substantial understanding of political practice.

Furthermore, political theory is intrinsically tied to specific historical contexts and issues that political thinkers have encountered. To comprehend political theory fully, it is imperative to grasp both the intellectual history that informs these thinkers' perspectives and the real-world problems they sought to address with their work. Examining the historical context in which political theory originated permits a critical assessment of whose interests it may have served.

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Dr. SWATI CHAKRABORTY is a Visiting faculty (Assistant Professor), at the Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University. Dr. Chakraborty is associated as Guest Lecturer with Concordia University, Canada. Dr. Chakraborty is a Writing Fellow, at COMPOSE, Universitas Islam International Indonesia. She is an International Fellow of KAICIID in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the Founder of “Webplatform4Dialogue” (https://www.webplatform4dialogue.net/) with a series of webinars, talks, and publications. She has done her Ph.D. in Human Rights from the University of Calcutta with the thesis on “RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A Study on tribal women of Rural West Bengal”. She was attached to National Human Rights Commission, India as a Research Consultant. Dr. Chakraborty had good teaching expertise as Lecturer at The English College (School of Management), Calicut, Kerala her special lectures are on Human Values, Peace dialogue and ethics to Management studies, and Dignity and Rights. She is also a member of the executive council at the Colibri Learning Foundation, Surrey, BC. Also, she is the editor of books like “Dynamics of Dialogue, Cultural Development, and Peace in the Metaverse”, “Handbook of Dialogue and Development: India-China-EU”, Handbook of Human Rights and Tribal Studies”, “Handbook of Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion”, “TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT”, “Gender Identity and Roles in India: Issues and Challenges”, “Multidisciplinary Handbook of Social Exclusion and Human Rights” and “Handbook of International Relations: Issues of Human Rights and Foreign Policy Vol. I and Vol II”. Dr. Chakraborty has a wide range of international connections with her network through different seminars, conferences, and workshops.
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