Eric’s list of the Elder Gods of Economics got me thinking about a similar list of Political Scientists. Given that I study Political Science, I should probably have an opinion on this. It’s much harder to come up with a list of truly great Political Scientists. Frankly, there just hasn’t been the same calibre of thought that there has in Economics. It’s a younger discipline, I guess, and many contributions to the field have been made by Economists, Sociologists, and Psychologists. I have very little knowledge of or interest in International Relations, so haven’t considered IR scholars (though this looks like a decent enough list to me). These are the only political scientists (in no particular order) I think have anything close to the intellectual firepower of the Economists on Eric’s list:
This list reflects my particular preferences and biases, and I’m not meaning to list the most influential Political Scientists. These are, in my opinion, the most smartifying. Have I unfairly left anyone off? I find it much easier to think of great Sociologists and Political Theorists/Philosophers. Perhaps I’ll try list of them sometime.