The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science

The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science

The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science

The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science

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This study deals with the condition of the science of politics as it is known in the United States today and with the relation to it of general political theory, both moral and causal. In earlier centuries a student of political systems would have been hard put to distinguish his theoretical inquiries from his general political research. Today in the United States, however, it has become increasingly difficult to appreciate why political theory should continue to be included as a central part of political science. Theory has become increasingly remote from the mainstream of political research. This study will have served a useful purpose if it helps in some small way to win back for theory its proper and necessary place.

In the preparation of this work I owe a particular debt to two colleagues: to Professor Herman Finer for his insistence that my preliminary re-examination of theory might be of interest to a broader audience and for his kindness in subjecting large sections of the study to his sensitive political insights; and to Professor Leonard D. White, from whose tolerant wisdom and unfailing encouragement my manuscript gained measurably both in form and content. Others, too, were generous of their time, effort, and advice: Professors C. Herman Pritchett and Edward C. Banfield read large portions of the manuscript; Chapters 9 and 10 profited from the friendly criticism and challenging scholarship of Professor Leo Strauss; Chapter 11 underwent the rigorous scrutiny of Professor Julius Margolis, and reflects in some slight measure, I hope, my numerous discussions on its general theme . . .

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