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Ideas, Knowledge and Politics (Section 46)

To understand political decisions and actions, it is necessary to study the sources and content of our political beliefs. To assess these decisions and actions, we need to study whether our political beliefs are accurate.

Why do different people interpret the political world in different ways? How do they interpret either their own interests or the public interest; from what sources are these interpretations drawn; and how do these interpretations motivate political action? Given political actors’ imperfect knowledge, how do they try to approximate full knowledge of the likely consequences of their actions, and how successful are these attempts? Under what conditions do political beliefs tend to be true? These questions have tended to be neglected within political science, with the result that our understandings of political processes are often incomplete. By addressing itself to the sources and the accuracy of our political beliefs, political epistemology seeks to fill a significant lacuna in political science and political theory.

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Section Officers

Chair
Helene Landemore
Yale University
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Secretary
Jeffrey Friedman
University of California, Berkeley
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Treasurer
Nick Clark
Susquehanna University
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Communications Director
Jeffrey Friedman
University of California, Berkeley
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2018 Annual Meeting
Nick Clark
Susquehanna University
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Jacob Roundtree
Harvard University
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Council
08/2015-09/2018:
Scott Althaus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vivien Schmidt
Boston University

08/2017-09/2020:
George Thomas
Claremont McKenna College

Section Awards

 

Ideas, Knowledge and Politics Graduate Student Paper Award


The Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics (IKP) division announces its 2018 graduate student paper prize. This $500 cash award will recognize the APSA conference paper by a graduate student, presented at an IKP panel at the 2017 annual meetings, that best advances the exploration of the role of ideas or knowledge in politics or government. Nominations will be solicited from IKP panel chairs and discussants.

Nominations due: July 1, 2018

Award Committee: 
Paul Gunn
University of London
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Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics Best Book Award


The Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics (IKP) section announces its first Best Book Award, for the best recent work on empirical or normative aspects of the role of ideas or knowledge in politics or government. The committee is authorized to go back several years, at its discretion, and to make its own nominations as well as accepting nominations from others, including book authors. Nominated books published in 2017 or previous years should be sent either to Jeffrey Friedman, [email protected], PO Box 13234, Oakland CA 94661, or to Paul Gunn, [email protected], Dept of Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK, with a note or email message specifying that the book is being nominated. Authors are urged to follow up with publishers to be sure that books have been submitted. The nomination and submission deadline is July 1, 2018.

Nominations due: July 1, 2018

Award Committee:
Jeffrey Friedman
University of California, Berkeley
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Paul Gunn
Unviersity of London
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