Is political science a science?

Political science is a science by definition. Science has no clear-cut understanding, but it focuses mainly on three elements:

  1. Conceptual frameworks of theory used to understand the world;
  2. Analytical methods used to explain, estimate, and predict phenomenae;
  3. A community that reviews work and maintains standards.

While different sciences may employ different frameworks and methods, political science, as a social science, clearly meets these requirements. It is important to stress, however, that political science is not the same as the physical sciences, for example. This is mainly because the types of theories and tools they can draw upon, and the philosophy underpinning them, are very different.