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Some Notes on Writing Political Theory

The Ideal Writing Strategy
Steve Stamos, College Sophomore
Canada College, Redwood City, CA

These points for writing in political theory are excellent. Many of these guidelines are forgotten in the writing process, but if a student follows them carefully they will have no problem writing a great paper.

Political science takes a different writing technique, and a unique mind set to focus an argument and structure it efficiently. Be aware of a professor's preferences on how they grade or the layout they prefer. Keep these principles in mind whenever writing a political science paper and you will see the difference in your grade!

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Jackie
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

What sets this list of tips on writing political essays apart from the rest, is it's clarity and detailed explanations. The author covers a whole range of issues from the structural (argument and thesis) to the small details (paraphrasing and acknowledgments). Each explanation to each rule concisely points out its importance. For example, the "No Idiot Principle" simply means that you should not present the author you are paraphrasing as if they do not know what they are talking about. Since you are using material from a published author, you should intelligently present this material as well.

The author puts complex ideas such as audience, argument and counterargument into easy to understand terms. Also, I really liked how the author stressed the importance of organization. This is critical when writing an essay where delivering your ideas clearly is crucial. Organizing forces students to tackle the essay one step at time, which can make the task seem less daunting. I really appreciate how the author stresses the importance of using your own language and keeping it simple. This keeps the essay from getting too bogged down in stylistic language and distracting the reader from the actual content. Overall, this article was very well written and provides many helpful tips and concepts to keep in mind while writing a political science essay.


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