What do Political Scientists do?
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
- Teach political science.
- Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
- Identify issues for research and analysis.
- Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, and/or statistical sources.
- Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys; report on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
- Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
- Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.
- Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use.
- Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
- Consult with and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues.
- Provide media commentary and/or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.
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