Political Science in a New Era

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Date of Publication: August 1, 2012

Year of Publication: 2012

Publication City: Bethesda, MD

Publisher: World Future Society

Author(s): Paul R Ehrlich, Dennis C Pirages

Journal: World Futures Report

Volume: 4: 3

Pages: 16-22


Paul R. Ehrlich and Dennis C. Pirages reflect on the converging and interconnected challenges of “greater economic insecurity, political instability, and—of even greater importance—the growth of seemingly overwhelming global environmental problems,” which have characterized the twenty-first century. The authors consider what this era shaped by deepening globalization, population growth, and increasing consumption means for politicians and political scientists.

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  • trilemmaman

    Zero comments? Wow! It appears few scientist on this list are interested in governance. Probably because government is more like a witches brew than a science experiment. In politics and government – words can mean anything you like and facts can be easily dismissed with alternative facts…and evidence dismissed with opinions. And, we probably believe that we can only hold policy makers accountable for their foolish actions every 2, 4 or 6 years — when we get a chance to vote…which in reality, our one vote has virtually no chance of influencing who is actually elected. But scientists could have another view. Our political system was designed with flaws but also the capacity to influence it …and even change it. Our first right in the Constitution is our right to free speech and the capacity to petition our elected officials EVERY DAY of the year between elections. Before Trump, few took advantage of this. Now many people are flaying away with phone calls and protests. Not bad. Just not well organized. And maybe not sustainable if they get tired or frustrated…which is only human. But it’s not science. Scientists expect failure and accept it as a learning tool. And now we need that tool/perspective more than ever. It’s the ONLY chance we have of actually stopping the damage that his policies will do to every aspect of everyone’s life within our fragile biofilm encompassing our home planet (and even those in orbit outside of it).