Political Science Paper Writing Guidelines

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More than most other areas of study, political science places a strong emphasis on the written form of communication. In fact, the most highly regarded thinkers in the world of political science have been fantastic writers.

Is this a coincidence? Not at all.

The reason that famous political scientists such as Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto and James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, authors of The Federalist Papers, have had such an enormous impact on the political science world lies in the strength of their writings. These men, and others before and after, have written some of the most influential pieces of writing in the history of political science. Because of the strength of their writing ability, they were able to reach countless minds through the power of the written word.

Why is the written word so important to the furthering of political science?

Quite simply, because the written word can reach a great many more minds than the spoken word can. This was especially true during the times in which great works such as The Federalist Papers were written. Placing the thoughts behind these works onto the printed page made them tangible, made them real, and allowed them to be passed on and studied by several subsequent generations of political scientists. Even today, in the technological age, where television and Internet communications have become so prevalent, the written word remains the basis for the proliferation of political science.

Four Common Forms of Political Science Papers

While the specific topics of political science papers to choose from are literally endless, most political science writing assignments will fall into one of these three major categories, or will be a combination of them.

Tips on Writing Excellent Political Science Papers

Be Sure to Title Your Work Appropriately: Many writers begin with a specific title and construct their paper around that title, while others begin with a broader concept and after the paper has been completed will choose a title that best fits the content. Whichever way you choose to come up with your title, it is absolutely vital that the title reflects the content, ideas, and overall focus of your paper.

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