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Where are all the political science graduates?

  1. Mr. Happy profile image82
    Mr. Happyposted 7 years ago

    Where are all the political science graduates?

    How come most of our politicians are lawyers? We are basically hiring professional liers (lawyers) to lead us ... why do we not chose those who studied politics to actually be our politicians as supposed to greedy lawyers?

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    1, are you trying to suggest that politics is science, that's just a university title to make it look impressive.
    2, Lawyers become politicians because the only requirement for a career in politics is the ability to lie successfully, the people who are already experts in that field have a head start.

  3. Dark knight rides profile image73
    Dark knight ridesposted 7 years ago

    It's funny that you think that politicians are more honest than lawyers. Both groups make their success by influencing the way you think. They say what you want to hear, and if you believe them, you vote for them. The problem is that political science classes don't teach the things you need to know to be successful as a politician. Political science classes teach you theory, but they don't teach leadership or consensus building. They teach you how laws are created and passed, not how to lobby your position successfully. That's why most political science students end up as aides or journalists. They know more about how things are done and work in the background.

  4. Mr. Happy profile image82
    Mr. Happyposted 7 years ago

    Dark Knight, I do think that some humans are more honest than others, indeed. In my opinion lawyers are trained lyers ... that's their profession: lying. True that political science classes don't teach leadership or consensus building but Life can teach all of us that if we pay attention. Often times leaders are born leaders: look around at a kids playground and you will always see a kid or two leading the "gang". Those kids are future leaders ... so it was just an idea to switch our leaders based on their knowledge and skills.
    Mr. Mick, I am not sure if politics is a science, I would say it is not but that is not my argument here. Your second point is my point exactly: our politicians are crooks. Is there really no cure for that? Are we doomed to have thieves and liers lead our world to the dumpster?
    Thanks for your answers guys.

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    andrewdabneyposted 7 years ago

    As a political science student, I can tell you that the word science in the title is not a misnomer because the scientific method is applied through quantitative means in the field.  The reason most political science students do not go directly from college to careers as politicians is because it costs a lot of money to run.  Most of our leaders at the national level are by occupation lawyers and doctors because they have the most money and the most influential friends with money.  Conducting a successful political campaign starts with being willing to ask everyone you know for money.  However, there are a ton of notable political science graduates in politics, you know like President Obama, Al Franken, Dick Cheney, etc. However, having a college degree in politics does not really open that many doors.  $ and connections do. 
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    cancer22posted 7 years ago

    I wish I knew.  As a political science graduate I find that most politicians disgust me.  As do some lawyers.  Hmm, maybe there's a connection there I don't know but I do know that having a degree in P.S didn't give me that accomplished feeling nor has it found me the job of my dreams.  Don't get me wrong I love politics and a good debate makes me smile like there's no tomorrow but after awhile the lies, bias, and dare I say cover-ups seem to draining for me and other P.S graduates to deal with.  Maybe that's why there aren't many P.S graduates who are politicians.