summary and conclusions: the building of american zionism
"Abandonment of generalization...means to relinquish understanding altogether."
Science has been described as an on-going process which, building upon the findings of previous investigations, aims at the highest order of generality about a particular set of phenomena. In this case study of an American interest group and social movement, I have attempted to utilize the products of social science as well as other fields of human endeavor. Hypotheses abstracted from the mass of detailed observations about the American Zionist movement may be of value in future investigations of interest group activity. It is my hope that the findings may have utility and interest for all students of the political process and may contribute to the eventual construction of a general theory of interest group behavior.
In the following pages, all hypotheses, whether my own or quoted or adapted from the work of other social scientists, are presented in italics. The interspersed text is intended as illustrative and corroborative material drawn from the history of American Zionism. General readers desiring to avoid this didactic approach may, of course, ignore the hypotheses and proceed directly to the text itself.
The behavior of an interest group is limited and largely dictated by the nature and predispositions of its public. Conquest or neutralization of that immediate public is a prerequisite of effective demands on government.1