Research paper topics for your political science paper

Political science majors know that politics and government is a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to picking research paper topics, from past political movements to presidential elections, from human rights issues to world politics. Whether you are interested in teaching constitutional law, are simply a political junkie or are thinking of possibly running for office at the local, state or even national level, there are many areas to explore. Here are a few ideas to help you stay abreast of the latest topics and ideas for your next political science paper.

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

Start researching political science on Questia

Questia is an excellent place to research topics related to political science and government. As the Internet’s largest online library, Questia offers millions of full-text books and articles. In addition, Questia offers research tools, such as bookmarking, note taking and assistance citing sources, which can help you formulate and write your next research paper. Never again will you have to worry about creating a correct bibliography either, because Questia can help with that, too!

What are some political science topics that might interest you? Here are some to consider:

  • Political movements
  • The United Nations
  • Public policy
  • Systems of government
  • World politics

For instance, if you were interested in researching political movements you might be drawn to the topic of libertarianism, a movement that has received a lot of attention in the last several election cycles, although it may not be fully understood by all. One of the books on the topic, “Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know” by Jason Brennan from the Oxford University Press, 2012, offers a basis to understand that particular movement’s main tenets and gain a better understanding of its goals.

Brennan writes, “Libertarians believe each of us possesses an inviolability, founded on justice, that forbids others from sacrificing us for the sake of greater social stability, economic efficiency, or better culture.”

Best political blogs

If you are interested in researching current political science topics, a great source would be a blog that deals with trending news in the world of politics. There are a great variety to choose from, including some that offer more impartial views and others that lean toward a particular political viewpoint.

Some of the top political blogs are:

Want even more politics-related blogs? Ebizmba.com offered a list of the “Top 15 Most Popular Political Websites” for March 2014. The list included conservative favorites such as The Drudge Report and Breitbart, as well as more liberal sites like Politico and Salon.

Professional Associations

Another avenue for political science students to explore, either for research paper topics and ideas or to further their career plans, would be to join a political professional association. The NASPAA, the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration and public and nonprofit management, offers information for students, including “Professional Associations & Publications” they might be interested in.

The list includes the following professional associations with links to their websites:

  • The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • The American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)

The group also has a link to help political science students search out graduate school programs, if they are interested in pursuing a more advanced degree. Another link offers career resources, such as internship tips and a comprehensive job board and career site for those interested in careers in the public sector that is co-sponsored by the NASPAA.

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What political science subjects are you researching now? Tell us in the comments.

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