|1.||How does this book differ from other American Government readers?|
|2.||How does the question of whether there can be a value free political science relate to the study of political institutions?|
|3.||How do the three political traditions of conservatism, liberalism, and socialism influence the analysis of political institutions?|
|4.||How can the political position of an analysis of a political institution be discerned when it is not openly stated? In other words how are students to read what academic authors write?|
|1.||Is political analysis affected by the political / economic arrangements within which it develops?|
|2.||How does the analysis relate to the proponent's class perspective?|
|3.||What self-interest does the proponent of an idea have in it?|
|4.||Which groups stand to gain or lose if the idea is accepted or rejected?|
|5.||Is political science a science or an ideology? Or both?|
Question 1. How does this book differ from other American Government readers?
By comparing several analyses of the same issue, each presented from different and perhaps contrasting points of view, one can begin to see divergent issues at stake and to explore the world of conflict. Each of the fourteen political institutions dealt with in this book is discussed by three writers having a different political perspective. This method will show not only that there is more than one way of defining the role of each institution, but also that each position produces an analysis very different in kind.
Our belief that articles on political institutions are inevitably written from political perspectives is the organizing principle for this book. Political
Political ideologies and institutions