A Grammar of American Politics: The National Government

A Grammar of American Politics: The National Government

A Grammar of American Politics: The National Government

A Grammar of American Politics: The National Government

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The only justification for another book on American Government and Politics would seem to be a somewhat different interpretation of that field of knowledge. We have assumed that it is time to square off and take another look at our governmental system and in that way attempt to free ourselves from some of the generalizations, abstractions, and conventional fictions that so often obscure a clear view of the realities of American Government.

A basic assumption in preparing this book has been that, without sacrificing essential factual matter, it would be possible to interpret the phenomena of American Government in terms of human motivation. It has, therefore, been our persistent purpose to discover those human interests and ideologies that account for the civic conduct of both private citizens and public officials.

No scholar aided us more in the maturing of this work than V. O. Key, Jr., formerly Chairman of the Department of Political Science of The Johns Hopkins University, and now Alfred Cowles Professor of Government, Yale University. Every chapter has been improved as a consequence of his patient and vigilant reading of successive drafts, and this we gratefully acknowledge.

The chapters on the judiciary were read by former Attorney General of the United States Francis Biddle, whose suggestions led to improvements gratefully acknowledged. Curtis E. Johnson of Washington, D. C., gave us the benefit of his intimate knowledge of Congress as a one-time secretary of a member of the House of Representatives. There has been frequent consulting of an accumulation of the digests of articles and of the reports of assigned investigations made by students of Ohio Northern University and of the Advanced School of Education of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Grateful acknowledgment goes to the following: George Grassmuck, Junior Instructor in Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University . . .

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