Political science is a branch of social science that deals with the theory and practice of politics and Government.
Sub-fields of political science include political theory and philosophy, civics, comparative politics, political institutions, political behavior, political economy, international relations, public administration, and public policy.
Political science is methodologically diverse. Approaches to the discipline include classical political philosophy, interpretivism, structuralism, and behavioralism, realism, pluralism, and institutionalism.
Political science, as one of the social sciences, uses methods and techniques that relate to the kinds of inquiries sought: primary sources such as historical documents and official records, secondary sources such as scholarly journal articles, survey research, statistical analysis, case studies, and model building.
The profession of political science is organized into a number of multilateral organizations, notably the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Studies Association, as well as many national organizations, such as the American Political Science Association and the Political Studies Association of the UK. There are also numerous specialist professional thematic scholarly networks and organized sections.
IPSA PortalIPSAPortal hosts a site providing extensive links to further online resources.