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American political ideas, 1865-1917 /
Charles Merriam ; with a new introduction by Sidney A. Pearson, Jr.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c2008.
description
xlviii, 481 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781412807159
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imprint
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c2008.
isbn
9781412807159
general note
Originally published: New York : Macmillan Co., 1923.
catalogue key
6665760
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Charles Merriam is scarcely read today, and even among scholars he is probably more often cited than read seriously. His ambiguous position in the study of American democracy is unfortunate. Between the two world wars, Merriman was the doyen of American political science. This was a period when the most formative characteristics of academic social sciences were taking shape, characteristics that were to dominate the remainder of the century. During this period, "science" and "progress" became virtually synonymous in the social sciences. Between the two world wars, the liberal progressive critique of America's founders, a critique that included scholars such as Woodrow Wilson, Charles Beard, and others, became the orthodoxy of a new political science. The heart of that critique, insofar as it turned on methodological questions of how to study American government, was very much the work of Charles Merriam. Anyone who seeks to understand why that period was so pivotal in the interpretation of American democracy must necessarily study Charles Merriam and his influence. His work represents the first comprehensive effort by a scholar in the liberal-progressive tradition to survey the entirety of American political thought. To read Merriam's political essays and writings is to read a political theory that the behavioral tradition would come to label as "normative." His essays included insightful interpretations of Hobbes and Rousseau in European political philosophy as well as an earlier work tracing American political thought from the founding to the Civil War. This is a fundamental work for scholars working in the liberal-progressive tradition. Charles Merriam (1874-1953) was professor of political science at the University of Chicago. He served on the Research Committee on Social Trends under President Hebert Hoover and on the National Resources Planning Board under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is known as the father of the behavioral movement in political science and believed that theories of political process needed to be linked to practical political activity. Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University. He is the series editor of Library of Liberal Thought at Transaction Publishers. In addition to this title he also wrote new introductions for Presidential Leadership, The New Democracy , and Party Government all available from Transaction Publishers.
Main Description
Charles Merriam is scarcely read today, and even among scholars he is probably more often cited than read seriously. His ambiguous position in the study of American democracy is unfortunate. Between the two world wars, Merriman was the doyen of American political science. This was a period when the most formative characteristics of academic social sciences were taking shape, characteristics that were to dominate the remainder of the century. During this period, "science" and "progress" became virtually synonymous in the social sciences. Between the two world wars, the liberal progressive critique of America's founders, a critique that included scholars such as Woodrow Wilson, Charles Beard, and others, became the orthodoxy of a new political science. The heart of that critique, insofar as it turned on methodological questions of how to study American government, was very much the work of Charles Merriam. Anyone who seeks to understand why that period was so pivotal in the interpretation of American democracy must necessarily study Charles Merriam and his influence. His work represents the first comprehensive effort by a scholar in the liberal-progressive tradition to survey the entirety of American political thought.
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Charles Merriam is scarcely read today, and even among scholars he is probably more often cited than read seriously. His work represents the first comprehensive effort by a scholar in the liberal-progressive tradition to survey the entirety of American political thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xlix
Background of American Political Thoughtp. 1
Typical Interpretations of Democracyp. 35
The Consent of the Governedp. 71
Legislative and Executive Powersp. 107
The Courts and Justicep. 145
Responsibility of Judges to the Democracyp. 187
Democracy and Constitutional Changep. 212
The Unit of Democratic Organizationp. 228
Internationalism - Pacifism - Militarismp. 250
The Political Party and Unofficial Governmentp. 269
Government and Libertyp. 310
Government and Liberty (Continued)p. 343
Systematic Studies of Politicsp. 370
Political Ideas in American Literaturep. 432
Summaryp. 450
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