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(p. 484) 19. Conclusion: Politics in the Age of Globalization 

(p. 484) 19. Conclusion: Politics in the Age of Globalization
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(p. 484) 19. Conclusion: Politics in the Age of Globalization
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Peter Ferdinand

, Robert Garner

, and Stephanie Lawson

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198787983.003.0019
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date: 19 January 2021

This concluding chapter summarizes some of the major themes and the threads of various arguments discussed throughout the book. It first emphasizes the complexity of the field and the ways in which political philosophy and the empirical study of politics are intertwined, arguing that the study of politics cannot be neatly separated from the study of other disciplines such as philosophy, law, economics, history, sociology, and psychology — and the fact that policy-making typically involves the natural sciences. The chapter proceeds by analysing how globalization influences political studies and highlights the limits of ‘methodological nationalism’ in political analysis. Finally, it considers Eurocentrism in the study of politics and contends that we cannot automatically assume the pre-eminence of Europe and the United States, or the West more generally, noting the apparent inevitability of the rise of other centres of power.

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