Here the People Rule: Selected Essays

Here the People Rule: Selected Essays

Here the People Rule: Selected Essays

Here the People Rule: Selected Essays

Excerpt

Most of the essays in this volume have appeared in scholarly journals or in books edited by others. A few are published here for the first time. None has been taken from one of my books. A would-be reader would have to go to much trouble to find them; that is the reason for bringing them together.

Collections of essays are frequently miscellanies. This one is not. Except for the final two chapters, all deal with some aspect of the American political system. Some have to do with the structure and functioning of the federal system, others with the nature of public -- and incidentally other -- organization, and still others with the causes and supposed cures of the social problems that government is nowadays expected to solve or cope with. The two final chapters are about the relationship between economics and political science; for lack of a better term they may be called methodological.

The essays are at once descriptive and analytical. Concretely, their subject matter is the American political system. In my view, the feature of that system that is analytically most interesting -- that is, the one that is most useful in explaining it or (if there is one) any other system having the same feature -- is the extreme fragmentation of formal authority. Many consequences follow this fragmentation, the most obvious perhaps being widespread participation -- interference, some might call it -- in the day- to-day conduct of government. It is to stress this analytical focus that the book is titled Here the People Rule, and not, as it might have been if the focus were on the concrete and descriptive, American Government and Politics. The title, incidentally, is a sentence taken from the statement made by Gerald Ford when, after the resignation of Richard Nixon, he became president of the United States. One may profitably contrast it . . .

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