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Cover Image: The Encyclopedia of Political Science
  • Date: 10/19/2010
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $985.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-933116-44-0
  • Pages: 2000

  • Format: Online
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The Encyclopedia of Political Science
George Thomas Kurian, Editor in Chief
James E. Alt
Simone Chambers
Geoffrey Garrett
Margaret Levi
Paula D. McClain

A 21st century approach to the study of politics


Political science needs a resource that serves as a core reference to the central ideas, concepts, and frameworks underlying the study of politics and that highlights the intersections of politics with other disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Political Science (TEPS) is designed to fill that need. It is the encyclopedia for political science in the twenty-first century.


Prepared with the assistance of the American Political Science Association (APSA), TEPS brings together a distinguished editorial board and over 600 distinguished and rising scholars to chronicle and assess the core issues that have long concerned students of politics. This comprehensive, multi-volume work traces the evolution of political theories, concepts, research frameworks, and political practices from across the world. As it examines the interplay of political ideas and processes, the encyclopedia also conveys the vitality and excitement of politics in practice.


Cognizant of the global nature of political ideas and movements, TEPS reflects a wide range of concepts and frameworks, both Western and non-Western, national and international. An authoritative survey of the state of politics and political science, this five- volume work consists of more than 1,500 A to Z signed entries by contributors from over 30 countries, including 300 overview articles or interpretive essays.


The encyclopedia supports all of the core undergraduate courses in political science: American government, comparative politics, international relations, public policy, public administration, political behavior, political theory, and political science methods. It will be an essential reference for all academic and public libraries.


Quick Facts

  • Thematic Table of Contents that maps major subfields and topics in politics
  • Over 1,500 A to Z entries
  • Contributing essays from scholars across the globe
  • Prepared with the assistance of the American Political Science Association
"Although many encyclopedias on political science have been published in the last few decades, this set seems to offer both the broadest perspective and the most comprehensive coverage." - Library Journal

"The encyclopedia that has resulted...would make an excellent purchase for academic and large public library collections." - Booklist

"Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." - Choice

"As a discipline, political science involves theory and practice, qualitative and quantitative research, historical and current events. Encompassing all of these in a single encyclopedia is not easy, but it has been done well by CQ Press and the editorial board of this set" - American Reference Books Annual
RUSA Outstanding Reference Source 2012

Library Journal Best Reference 2010
George Thomas Kurian, Editor in Chief
George Thomas Kurian is the founder and President of The Encyclopedia Society. Born in India, he emigrated to the United States in 1968. Over the past twenty years, he has produced over twenty-three encyclopedias and thirty-one other reference books, including atlases, dictionaries, almanacs, annuals, chronologies, desk references and anthologies.

James E. Alt
James E. Alt specializes in political economy and methodology. He is the Director of Graduate Studies and Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is or has been a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies, and the American Political Science Review.

Simone Chambers
Simone Chambers is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her primary areas of scholarship include political philosophy, ethics, democratic theory and constitutional theory.

Geoffrey Garrett
Geoffrey Garrett is founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney. A dual citizen of Australia and the U.S., he has written widely on numerous aspects of the global political economy.

Margaret Levi
Margaret Levi is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington, and Professor of U.S. Politics at the University of Sydney. She is also the Director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2004-2005.

Paula D. McClain
Paula D. McClain is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She is also the Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.
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