Progressivism and the New Democracy

By Sidney M. Milkis; Jerome M. Mileur | Go to book overview

Social and Economic Regulation in the Progressive Era

Morton Keller

Our government is the most successful contrivance the world has ever known for preventing things from being done.

-- Charles Evans Hughes

Continuity with the past is only a necessity, and not a duty.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

O nce upon a time, American historical writing was past politics; political science (not yet so named) was political history brought up to date. Woodrow Wilson could be -- and indeed was -- president of both the American Historical and the American Political Science Associations.

After that, political science and political history followed divergent paths. Political science evolved from the staatspolitik of Wilson, Westel W. Willoughby, and the rest of the out-of-Germany-by-Johns-Hopkins generation, to the interest-group tradition that began with Arthur F. Bentley and proceeded through Charles Merriam and E. E. Schattschneider to its apotheosis in Robert Dahl, V. O. Key, Nelson Polsby, and Aaron Wildavsky.

More recently, the study of American politics appears to consist of two

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