Political Theory

Writing in political theory

The process of creating a political theory paper can vary from the process of writing a research paper. In general, as a political theorist you may use this guide very differently from the way your more empirically-minded colleagues will use it.  As suggested on the homepage, the steps in your research and writing process will be a little different. Some of the sections that may be useful include:

While writing is often an iterative process that does not always follow a linear pattern, the basic steps that are involved include the following:

  1. Select and begin researching a topic.
  2. Formulate a question
  3. Formulate a compelling argument
  4. Write your first draft
  5. Seek feedback on that draft
  6. Revise
  7. Submit

Regardless of what you plan to do it is always important to be in touch with your primary advisor and/or course instructor.  They may have advice or instructions that vary from those presented here.  This website is meant to be used as a general guide, to supplement — not replace — what they provide.