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POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW: 2004 VOL 2, 293313A Global Ranking of Political ScienceDepartmentsSimon HixLondon School of EconomicsRankings of academic institutions are key information tools for universities, funding agencies,students and faculty. The main method for ranking departments in political science, throughpeer evaluations, is subjective, biased towards established institutions, and costly in terms oftime and money. The alternative method, based on supposedly objective measures of outputsin scientific journals, has thus far only been applied narrowly in political science, using publications in a small number of US-based journals. An alternative method is proposed in thispaper that of ranking departments based on the quantity and impact of their publicationsin the 63 main political science journals in a given five-year period. The result is a series ofglobal and easily updatable rankings that compare well with results produced by applying asimilar method in economics.Rankings of academic institutions are key information tools for universities,public and private funding agencies, students and faculty. For example, toinvestigate whether and why European universities lag behind their competitors in the US, the European Economics Association commissioned research intothe ranking of economics departments on a global scale (see, especially, Coup,2003).A variety of different ranking methods have been used in the natural sciencesand have start

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