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Wit and Humour in Political Science

Edited by Lee Sigelman, Kenneth Meier, and Kenneth Newton

The Wit and Humour of Political Science is the serendipitous product of two senior scholars working across the world from one another and who independently collected funny and satirical articles on political science over the years with the intent of someday publishing them for a wider audience.

Paperback ISBN: 9781907301100 Release date: Oct 2010
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Pages: 206

ECPR Press

The Wit and Humour of Political Science is the serendipitous product of two senior scholars working across the world from one another and who independently collected funny and satirical articles on political science over the years with the intent of someday publishing them for a wider audience. The lead editors— Kenneth Newton (Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, Visiting Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and Hertie School of Governance, Berlin) and the late Lee Sigelman (Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, George Washington University) — learned by chance of each other's projects. Newton and Sigelman joined forces with Kenneth Meier (Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University) and Bernard Grofman (Jack W. Peltason (Bren Foundation) Endowed Chair in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine) to publish this collection under the joint imprint of APSA and ECPR. The collection includes previously published essays as well as original pieces never formally published.

Contents*


Prologue ............................................................................................................................1


A Wuffl e. 1986. “Refl ections on Academia.” PS: Political Science & Politics 19:

57–61.


Dagobert D. Manteltasche. 2002. “Owls and Larks, Knotters and Simplifi ers:

Th e Origins of Modern Political Science.” European Political Science 2: 36–42.

The Practice of Political Science


Th e Academic Pecking Order .............................................................................................. 15


Pierre van den Berghe. 1970. “Th e Academic Pecking Order.” Excerpt from

Academic Gamesmanship: How to Make a Ph.D. Pay, 7–21. London: AbelardSchuman.


Heinz Eulau. 1985. “On the Political Science Pecking Order.” Excerpt from

“Editor’s Note.” Political Behavior 7: 3–6.


William J. Keefe. 1980. “On the Disciplinary Pecking Order.” Excerpt from

Alan Rosenthal (ed.). Impurely Academic: Th e Letters, Memos and Other

Humorous Pieces of William J. Keefe, Political Scientist. New Brunswick, NJ:

Transaction Books.


Arnold A. Rogow. 1960. “A Short Note on U and Non-U in Political Science.”

Western Political Quarterly 13: 1064–1066.


Kenneth J. Meier and Joseph Stewart, Jr. 1992. “Rotisserie Political Science.”

PS: Political Science & Politics 25: 565–568.


James C. Scott and Matthew A. Light. 2001. “Perfecting the Pecking Order.”

Excerpt from “Th e Misuse of Numbers: Audits, Quantifi cation, and the

Obfuscation of Politics.” Unpublished paper.


On Journal and Research Monograph Publishing ............................................................. 43


Betty H. Zisk. 1970. “Th e Compleat Jargoner: How to Obfuscate the Obvious

Without Half Trying.” Western Political Quarterly 23: 55–56.


P.S. Ruckman, Jr., and Patrick A. Stewart, Jr. n.d. “About the Title of Your

Dissertation.” Unpublished paper.

* Previously published work reprinted with permission where origins are known.


Marleen Boudreau Flory. 1983. “Semantics and Symbioses: How to Write an

Article to Impress Your Peers.” Chronicle of Higher Education ( January 26): 72.


Pierre van den Berghe. 1970. “On Publishing.” Excerpt from Academic

Gamesmanship: How to Make a Ph.D. Pay, 87–102. London: AbelardSchuman.

On Textbook Publishing ....................................................................................................... 57


Heinz Eulau. 1986. “On Marketing a Textbook.” Excerpt from “Editor’s Note.”

Political Behavior 8: 203–205.


William J. Keefe. 1980. “On Textbook Adoption.” Excerpt from Alan

Rosenthal (ed.). 1980. Impurely Academic: Th e Letters, Memos and Other

Humorous Pieces of William J. Keefe, Political Scientist. New Brunswick, NJ:

Transaction Books.


Preparing a Curriculum Vitae ............................................................................................. 63


Heinz Eulau. 1989. “On the Curriculum Vitae.” Excerpt from “Editor’s Note:

Th e Iron Law of the Academy.” Political Behavior 11: 93–97.


Conference Going .................................................................................................................. 67


Pierre van den Berghe. 1970. “Conventions and Professional Standing.” Excerpt

from Academic Gamesmanship: How to Make a Ph.D. Pay, 7–21. London:

Abelard-Schuman.


Anonymous. n.d. “Politics Conferences: A Short Guide to Participants.”


James H. Lebovic. 2006. “Th e Academic Conference: An Irreverent Glossary

of Terms.” International Studies Perspectives 7: ii–iii.


Nelson W. Polsby. 1979. “On Conferences.” Excerpt from “A Yank at the Court

of King Hugh.” PS: Political Science & Politics 12: 24–25.


Heinz Eulau. 1988. “On Serving as a Panel Discussant.” Excerpt from “Editor’s

Note.” Political Behavior 10: 3–4.


Administrative Service .......................................................................................................... 81


William J. Keefe, 1980. “On the Th eory and Practice of Academic

Administration.” Excerpt from Alan Rosenthal (ed.). Impurely Academic:

Th e Letters, Memos and Other Humorous Pieces of William J. Keefe, Political

Scientist. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books.


William J. Keefe. 1980. “On Recruiting Graduate Students.” Excerpt from

Alan Rosenthal (ed.). 1980. Impurely Academic: Th e Letters, Memos and Other

Humorous Pieces of William J. Keefe, Political Scientist. New Brunswick, NJ:

Transaction Books.


Political and Social Theory .......................................................................87


Leszek Kolakowski. 1990. “Th e General Th eory of Not-gardening.” In

Leszek Kolakowski, Modernity on Endless Trial. Chicago: University of

Chicago Press.


Dagobert D. Manteltasche. 2003. “A Desipient Prolegomenon to the

Deconstruction of Silence: Neo-postdistanciationalist Approaches.” WZBMitteilungen 101: 64–66.


Rosa Parkin and Charley Parkin. 1974. “Peter Rabbit and the Grundrisse.”

European Journal of Sociology 15: 181–183.


Gerry Mandering. 1979. “Th e House that Polly Sci Built.” Unpublished paper.


Research Methods ............................................................................................101


Lee Sigelman. 1977. “How to Succeed in Political Science by Being Very Trying:

A Methodological Sampler.” PS: Political Science & Politics 10: 302–304.


Ronald Herring. 1980. “A Young Person’s Guide to Positivism.” PS: Political

Science & Politics 13: 292.


Dick Tator. 1981. “A World Glut of Signifi cant Correlations.” Newsletter of the

Political Studies Association of the UK.


A Wuffl e. 2009. “Uncle Wuffl e’s Refl ections on Prediction.” Unpublished paper.


J. David Singer. 1975. “Cumulativeness in the Social Sciences: Some Counterprescriptions.” PS: Political Science & Politics 8: 19–21.


M.F. Parris. 1974. “Phil’s Barber Shop Calendar for 1973–1974: Th e

Ontology of Chronological Modifi cation—A Structural Crisis?” PS: Political

Science & Politics 7: 14.


R.S.J. Featherstonehaugh and J.S.R. Cholmondeley. 2008. “Urban Politics and

Sex at Birth.” European Political Science 7: 318-323.


Dagobert D. Manteltasche and Otto I.Q. Besser-Wisser). 2002. “Th e SchartzMetterclume Method.” Journal of Th eoretical Politics 14: 129–134.


Public Policy Analysis ....................................................................................133


Kenneth J. Meier. 2004. “Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth ’Cause I’m Kissin’

You Goodbye: Th e Politics of Ideas.” Policy Studies Journal 32: 225–233.


A Wuffl e. 1993. “Th e Political Economy of the Automobile—Four

Approaches.” Journal of Th eoretical Politics 5: 409–412.


Hiram Q. Clavicle, III, and H.G.W.J.G.C. Patella. 1995. “Th e Political

Economy of the Automobile—A Fifth Approach: Transient Physical Neopostdistanciationalist Th eory.” Journal of Th eoretical Politics 7: 101–104.


Voting Behavior and Party Competition.........................................151


A Wuffl e. 1984. “Should You Brush Your Teeth on November 6, 1984? A

Rational Choice Perspective.” PS: Political Science & Politics 17: 577–581.


A Wuffl e. 1988. “Th e ‘Minimax Blame’ Rule for Voter Choice: Help for the

Undecided Voter on November 8, 1988.” PS: Political Science & Politics 21:

639–640.


Robert S. Erikson. 1989. “Why the Democrats Lose Presidential Elections:

Toward a Th eory of Optimal Loss (with apologies to A Wuffl e).” PS: Political

Science & Politics 22: 30–35.


A Wuffl e and Christian Collet. 1997. “Why Democrats Shouldn’t Vote (with

acknowledgements to R. Erikson).” Journal of Th eoretical Politics 9: 137–140.


Lee Sigelman. 1988. “Are Democrats Stupid?” Journal of Irreproducible Results

33: 2–4.


Lee Sigelman. 1990. “Toward a Stupidity-Ugliness Th eory of Democratic

Electoral Debacles.” PS: Political Science & Politics 23: 18–20.


Lee Sigelman. n.d. “Th e Hobbesian World of Democrats.” Unpublished

paper.


Mark M. Gray and A Wuffl e. 2005. “Vindicating Anthony Downs.” PS:

Political Science & Politics 38: 737–740.


A Wuffl e. 2008. “Voter Advice in the Presidential Election of 2008: A Guide

for the Perplexed.” Unpublished paper.


Legislatures ............................................................................................................189


Forrest Maltzman, Lee Sigelman, and Sarah Binder. 1996. “Leaving Offi ce

Feet First: Death in Congress.” PS: Political Science & Politics 29: 665–671.


A Wuffl e, Th omas Brunell, and William Koetzle. 1997. “Death, Where Is Th y

Sting? Th e Senate as a Ponce (de Leon) Scheme.” PS: Political Science & Politics

30: 58–59.


Garry Young and Lee Sigelman. 2008. “Th e Dakota Eff ect.” PS: Political Science

& Politics 41: 349–353.


Jac C. Heckelman. 2008. “A Rational Choice Model for the Dakota Eff ect.” PS:

Political Science & Politics 41: 677–678.


Executives ................................................................................................................219


Lee Sigelman. n.d. “Presidents, Extramarital Sex, and the Public: Testing a

Rational Th eory.” Unpublished paper.


Lee Sigelman. 1982. “Th e Presidential Horoscope: Predicting Performance in

the White House.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 12: 434–438.


Jeremy D. Mayer and Lee Sigelman. 1998. “Zog for Albania, Edward for

Estonia, and Monarchs for All the Rest? Th e Royal Road to Prosperity,

Democracy, and World Peace.” PS: Political Science & Politics 31: 771–774.


Conspiracy Theories .........................................................................................239


Otto I.Q. Besser-Wisser. 2007. “Th e RoWoCo and Flea Th eory: Truth Behind

the Conspiracy.” WZB-Mitteilungen 115: 74–75.


A Wuffl e. 1978. “Monopoly Is a Capitalist Plot: A Hegemonic View of Games

as Instruments of Economic Indoctrination.” Simulation & Gaming 9: 252–

254.

Kenneth Newton is Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton and Visiting Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.


The late Lee Sigelman of Columbian School of Arts and Sciences was Distinguished Professor of Political Science, George Washington University.


Kenneth Meier is the Charles H Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University.


Bernard Grofman is the Jack W Peltason (Bren Foundation) Endowed Chair in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine.

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