In a departure from the format followed in the preceding sections--that of selecting one essay to delineate each of the three political perspectives--the reader will have an opportunity to read a wider range of articles, and to formulate his or her own conclusions as to which of these readings presents a conservative, liberal, or socialist perspective.
This will not only be a valuable exercise in demonstrating what was learned from a careful reading and analysis of the previous chapters, but should also provide firm bases for future studies in political science. For it will be seen that categorization is a difficult task and that, in fact, in more cases than not the classification of materials or authors exemplifying one particular viewpoint will be difficult. For example, within one single essay an author may propose certain techniques easily identifiable as liberal, and at the same time promulgate theories which are much more at home within the realm of socialism. The reader will also, no doubt, when embarking on more extensive reading, find that some of these same thinkers will--on different political issues--treat one with conservative prescriptions and another with liberal remedies.
The questions brought to mind by a thorough reading of the following political strategies are endless. But it is the editors' hope that by presenting a broad choice, certain solutions will assume precedence, and the reader's ideas and options will become crystallized enough so that a clearer understanding of one's own role and thinking, and of political science as a viable tool in our society will be achieved.