The study of political thought tends to be dispersed within and across a number of different disciplines – political science, philosophy, history, law, sociology, economics, and cultural and literary studies, among others – and to involve a wide variety of approaches.
As a result, the distinctive interests and concerns of this sub-field risk being lost because much academic policy focuses on addressing the main branches of those disciplines within which political thought is to be found. The fact that political thought often challenges the boundaries of these disciplines makes it even easier to ignore or marginalise. The foundation of BIAPT was intended to address the three main dimensions of this situation:
In promoting these aims, the Association seeks to: