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Sociology And Political Science: Learning And Challenges

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Political science is generally a larger, better- supported, and more prestigious field than sociology. Sociology has been seen as having a 'residual' subject matter-deviance, gender, religion, race/ethnicity-and such things are not high on the agenda of things that mainstream establishment groups or individuals wish to acquire. Sociologists such as Dietrich Reuschemeyer and James Mahoney have received major prizes for their work from the APSA. Sociologists study power in general, organizations in general, and social behavior in general. Both economics and political science have relatively simple structures to their academic fields. Economics has prestige because of its advanced methods and models, and political science in turn follows precisely because it is borrowing methods from economics.

Keywords: economic growth; political science; sociologists study

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