Rowman and Littlefield International

Learning About Politics in Time and Space

A Memoir

By Richard Rose

Using skills developed since teaching himself to type at the age of eight, Rose describes his 20 years of working in newspapers, radio and television before publishing his first book.

Paperback ISBN: 9781907301476 Release date: Nov 2013
£16.00 €22.00 $27.00

Pages: 210

ECPR Press

Richard Rose's memoir vividly describes first-hand experience of the transformation of politics in Europe and the United States since 1940. He has been teargassed in Chicago, seen walls go up in Belfast and come down in Berlin. The author's education in the streets and in the corridors of political power give a unique perspective on discrimination by race, religion and class, and the world in which political scientists live today. Rose has distilled a 500-page book into a three-minute Oval Office explanation to George W Bush of why America's intervention in Iraq was a disaster. He gives practical advice to political scientists about how to make words into concepts and communicate what you know to others inside and outside universities. The book's photographs show memorials to the dead, and living evidence of how election forecasting has changed since Delphi. Using skills developed since teaching himself to type at the age of eight, Rose describes his 20 years of working in newspapers, radio and television before publishing his first book. Since then he has combined social science methodology, along with the methodologies of comparative drama and the applied arts, to write many innovative books. This is the latest.


List of Photographs viii


Reflections From Experience 9

A Memoir 11; The Perspective of the Author 14


Chapter 1: The Roots of a Political Scientist 21

Growing Up in a Border City 22; Learning in Spite of School 26; Learning

from the Library and from the Streets 28

Chapter 2: Discovering Learning 33

An Old-Fashioned University Education 34; Exploring Europe 38; My

Education as a Reporter 40

Chapter 3: The Education of Amateur Political Scientists 47

Before the Transformation 48; Manchester Made Me 57; Committed Political

Sociologists 60

Chapter 4: The Professionalization of Political Science 65

The Expansion of Universities Nationally 66; Training Students: The

Strathclyde Approach 68; Institutionalizing Professional Links Across

Europe 74


Chapter 5: England Then and Now 81

Learning About Class 82; Class Parties? 84; From England to Scotland 89

Chapter 6: America Then and Now 95

Free at Last 96; Washington: A Small Town Now Global in Impact 101

Chapter 7: Northern Ireland: Nothing Civil About Civil War 107

A Warm Welcome From All Sides 109; Guns Come Out 111; Governing

Without the Rule of Law 115; What an Outsider Did 118

Chapter 8: Fallout From the Berlin Wall 125

The Reality Behind the Wall 126; Free to Choose 128; Russians and

Russia 133; What I Did 136


Chapter 9: Concepts Are More Than Words 145

Naming What You Observe 146; In the Field 151; Conversing Through

Questionnaires 154

Chapter 10: Communicating What You Know 159

Writing as a Discipline 160; Form Follows Function 166; What Would You

Tell the President About Iraq in Three Minutes? 171

Chapter 11: Public Policy and Political Science 175

Disciplined Research and Undisciplined Problems 176; Creating a ProblemFocussed Centre 179; Distinctive Tools 181; Impact Long Term 185;

L’envoi 189

References 191

Brief Curriculum Vitae 199

Index 205

Richard Rose is Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, and Visiting Professor at European University Institute, Florence. He has acted as consultant to global organisations including the World Bank, UNDP and the OECD. His work has been translated into 17 languages and Samizdat, and he has contributed widely to print and television media. He has been awarded seven lifetime achievement honours in countries across the world.

In his outstanding six-decade career, Rose has written more than forty books about comparative politics and public policy. His broad knowledge - gained from working as a newspaper reporter and from his experiences in the corridors of power - allows him to combine the bottom-up perspective of the ordinary citizen with the views of presidents and prime ministers. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Professor Rose has published six books on post-Communist countries, most recently
Understanding Post-Communist Transformation: a Bottom Up Approach.

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