The Analysis of Political Systems

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PREFACE

TWO recent writers in particular have shown me the way towards the type of political analysis which this book favours. The late Mr. T. D. Weldon, especially in his The Vocabulary of Politics, exposed the vagueness of terminology in much theorizing about politics. Professor Maurice Duverger in his Political Parties has shown that the study of political institutions can be analytical as well as descriptive.

I should like to thank Professor Edvard Thermaenius of Stockholm for explaining to me that British Cabinet Government is not synonymous with what the Swedes call parliamentarsim. I owe a special debt of gratitude to the Commonwealth Fund, New York, for enabling me to study the American type of presidential government at first hand and for introducing me to the interesting work being done in the United States in the field of political behaviour.

Several British colleagues were kind enough to give me their comments on portions of the manuscript and numerous students helped me to work out my ideas in lectures and seminars. To all of them, and to Miss Rita Turner who typed out the manuscript, I proffer my thanks.

I am especially grateful to Professors Wilfrid Harrison of the University of Liverpool and Manning J. Dauer of the University of Florida for their wise criticisms and helpful advice; and to my wife, Diana, for always insisting that I try to make my meaning as clear as possible.

D. V. V.

Gainesville, Florida.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • I - Introduction 1
  • Part 0ne - The Structure of Government 15
  • II - Parliamentary Government 17
  • III - Presidential Government 39
  • IV - Convention Theory 57
  • Part Two - The Political Process 95
  • VI - 'Classical' Democracy 99
  • VII - Representative Democracy And Political Parties 115
  • VIII - The Political Process: Interests and Pressure Groups 129
  • IX - Elite Theories 157
  • X - The 'Iron Law of Oligarchy' 174
  • XI - Class War 186
  • Part Three - Conclusion 197
  • XII - Government and the Political Process 199
  • Index 233
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