Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach

By Gabriel A. Almond; G. Bingham Powell Jr. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER I
Introduction

DURING THE LAST DECADE an intellectual revolution has been taking place in the study of comparative government. While it is impossible at this time to foresee in detail how this field will be reconstituted, it is possible to point to the main directions of innovation,1 and to the dissatisfactions and criticisms which contributed to these changes. These developments are not confined to the field of comparative government, nor are they peculiar to the discipline of political science. The study of

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See inter al. Roy C. Macridis and Richard Cox, "Research in Comparative Politics," American Political Science Review, September, 1953; Pendleton Herring , "On the Study of Government," American Political Science Review, December, 1953; George McT. Kahin, Guy J. Pauker, and Lucian Pye , "Comparative Politics of Non-Western Countries," American Political Science Review, December, 1955; Gabriel A. Almond, Taylor Cole, and Roy C. Macridis, "A Suggested Research Strategy in Western European Government and Politics," American Political Science Review, December, 1955; Roy C. Macridis, The Study of Comparative Government ( Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1955): Gabriel A. Almond, "Comparative Political Systems," Journal of Politics, August, 1956; Gunnar Heckscher , The Study of Comparative Government and Politics ( New York: The Macmillan Company, 1957); Sigmund Neumann, "Comparative Politics: A Half-Century Appraisal," Journal of Politics, August, 1957; Dankwart A. Rustow , "New Horizons for Comparative Politics," World Politics, July, 1957; David Apter, "A Comparative Method for the Study of Politics," American Journal of Sociology, November, 1958. For an excellent review of this polemic, see Harry Eckstein, "A Perspective on Comparative Politics, Past and Present," in Harry Eckstein and David Apter (eds.), Comparative Politics ( New York: The Free Press of Glencoe, 1963).

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