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Article "Late but not least? Spanish political science’s struggle for internationalisation in the twenty‐first century"

Article "Late but not least? Spanish political science’s struggle for internationalisation in the twenty‐first century"

04.02.2021

 

Abstract:
Having experienced a late institutionalisation as an academic discipline in the 1990s,  during this century the political science community in Spain has struggled to con‐verge with other fully established counterparts in Western Europe. In this article, we analyse and evaluate how successful these eforts have been concerning internation‐alisation. The article sheds light on the factors that explain this development. Using
data from PhD dissertations defended since 1990 and articles published on SSCI journals since 1985, we demonstrate that the institutional reforms afecting higher education in Spain during the early 2000s, and the austerity measures introduced in the frst part of the 2010s to address the economic crisis, together with the evolution of the particular ecology of the discipline, introduced greater competition into the Spanish political science academic market. This, in turn, triggered internationalisa‐tion of political scientists in Spain, particularly among the younger cohorts.
 
Keywords:
Academic careers
Higher education reform
 Internationalisation
Political science in Spain
Research incentives
Scientometrics

 

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