The American Political Scene

The American Political Scene

The American Political Scene

The American Political Scene

Excerpt

In writing and publishing this book, dealing with some of the underlying forces in American political life, in the midst of a strenuous presidential campaign, the authors run the risk of having it considered as of the nature of campaign material and applicable only to this presidential contest. But such was not the purpose in planning the book nor is such the character of the contents as it has been written.

The purpose of the book is to present an analysis of the most important forces which determine the course of American politics, made by those who have done a great deal of thinking and re search with respect thereto. Applicable to this presidential campaign, yes--but applicable to any presidential campaign and applicable to state and local campaigns. Why is this man placed in public office and that one defeated, what efforts are being made to make the voters act in the desired manner, why is this policy adopted, that one rejected? These are questions that are of concern to most of us in this day when government as never before has invaded our lives, furnishing a living to millions, helping people to have homes, reaching out further and further to regulate business, imposing heavy tax burdens, making us ever conscious of its operation.

Studying the formal governmental system is important, but does not tell us why governments act as they do. The results people receive under any form of government depend very largely upon the men who run the government, who hold the public offices, and upon the influence and controls which act upon them as they perform their official duties. It is hoped that herein will be found explanation of some of these influences and controls which operate in selecting our public officials as well as in governing their activities after selection.

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