Historical institutionalism! State-centred governance! Policy evaluation!


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I am having real difficulty preparing for my next comprehensive exam, principally because the material to be memorized is so dull that every activity and chore holds more appeal than studying.

The only answer is a sort of sensory deprivation: declining all social invitations, banning forays into more interesting books, refusing to undertake photography projects, and forbidding as many things as possible aside from exercise and exam prep.

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Anon July 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Remember – you chose all this for yourself

Milan July 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

This is true.

At the same time, PhD students in political science at U of T must choose from among a limited number of ‘streams’ and none of them are perfectly matched to my research interests.

Also, I chose public policy in part because of how much trouble I was having with the Canadian politics comp. Public policy is only a half-year course, compared with a full year for streams like comparative politics or political theory. It also has a more manageable reading list.

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