Sociology and Political Theory: A Consideration of the Sociological Basis of Politics

Sociology and Political Theory: A Consideration of the Sociological Basis of Politics

Sociology and Political Theory: A Consideration of the Sociological Basis of Politics

Sociology and Political Theory: A Consideration of the Sociological Basis of Politics

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In 1915 the writer, at the suggestion of Professors William A. Dunning and Franklin H. Giddings of Columbia University, undertook the task of investigating the contributions of sociology to modern political theory, as the subject for a proposed doctoral dissertation. The work was largely completed before the end of 1917, but the cost of publication delayed its appearance. In the meantime, another enterprise was undertaken and utilized for the doctoral dissertation. Through the kindness and sympathetic coöperation of a number of editors of professional periodicals, especially those of the American Journal of Sociology and the English Sociological Review, it was possible to publish in the form of separate articles nearly all of the original study. During the period of their publication Professor Dunning suggested to the writer that he might well condense and reorganize this work, which was devoted to a survey of the opinions of individual sociologists, in such a way as to allow of a topical treatment and to secure a brief and succinct statement of the leading types of sociological contributions to the more important problems of political theory and the science of government. The present work represents an endeavor to execute this project.

To avoid any possible misunderstanding of the purpose of this book, it should be remarked at the outset that no attempt has been made to set forth an original and co-

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