Five Limitations: Political Science Applied to The Non-West

Kaori Crystal Sueyoshi

Global Politics Review
Vol. 4, no. 1 (April 2018): 77-88.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1237369
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v04_i01_p078
Received: April 26, 2018. Accepted: April 28, 2018. Published: April 30, 2018.

ABSTRACT: That political science tends to fall short when applied to the non-West is writ large to academics in the field. Patterns emerge when documenting past failures of political science and international relations theory (IRT) in the global periphery. These patterns can be categorized into the five limitations suggested in this paper: western bias, historical amnesia, scope, willful othering, and political ontology. Ranging from questions of methodology to the nature of the field overall, the five limitations of political science when applied to the non-West illuminate origins to shortcomings in major theories. Understanding these limitations motivates a sharpened lens for adapting theories towards superior robustness.

Keywords: International Relations Theory, Political Science, Critical Theory, Non-Western Theory, Political Methodology, Political Philosophy.

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