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Political Science as Incomprehensible Rubbish 12, May 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Random.
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Critical social constructivism can be distinguished from conventional social constructivism (and neoliberalism) through its anti-essentialist ontology and qualified-foundationalist epistemology, the use of post-structuralist approaches, and a concern with “omitted variable bias” in mainstream international relations (IR) theorizing, for example, mass publics in terms of “levels-of-analysis” and the consideration of “identity” as a driver of foreign policy. These characteristics underpin the approach used in this article, which support alternative findings to the “neo-neo” story of the drivers of Irish neutrality.*


What is worse is that the author has chosen to write this way. It is a clear and conscious choice to write this jargon-laden, turgid and near-indecipherable type of paragraph. It just needn’t be this way. Furthermore, making paragraphs as long as this and stretching the English language as far as possible to make them as hard as possible to understand, utterly interrupts the reader’s flow and ability to place the ideas into context. The sense of the overall article is lost amid a growing red mist of frustration, burgeoning hatred and dark thoughts.

* (A paragraph taken from an article from a leading political science journal. Need I say that it is NOT written by this author: I am most certainly not trying to plagiarize and take credit…)