Disenchanted Realists: Political Science and the American Crisis

Disenchanted Realists: Political Science and the American Crisis

by Raymond Seidelman
     
 

Disenchanted Realists explores the intertwined fate of American political science and nineteenth and twentieth century liberal reforms. Beginning with the pre-history of political science in the 1880s, Seidelman and Harpham trace the development of political science in the Progressive period, the 1920s, the New Deal, the Cold War, the tumultuous sixties, and the

Overview

Disenchanted Realists explores the intertwined fate of American political science and nineteenth and twentieth century liberal reforms. Beginning with the pre-history of political science in the 1880s, Seidelman and Harpham trace the development of political science in the Progressive period, the 1920s, the New Deal, the Cold War, the tumultuous sixties, and the crisis-ridden presidencies of Carter and Reagan.

Disenchanted Realists discusses the assumptions, hopes, and understandings of prominent liberal reformers—Woodrow Wilson, Lester Frank Ward, Charles Truman, V.O. Key, Jr., Theodore Lowi, and Walter Dean Burnham. Within this framework, the authors contend that political science in America has been closely allied with a continuing attack and ever-present disenchantment with the forms and philosophy of State organizations and mass politics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“It organizes the materials around an interesting and provocative theme: the idea of a ‘Third Tradition’ in the history of political science in America. That is a novel approach, and helps the reader gain perspective on the subject.” — Norman Jacobson, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

“It is a solid piece of work on an interesting subject. The insights are numerous and the intellectual importance is self-evident.” — Gene Poschman, Professor, California State University at Hayward

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873959940
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1985
Series:
SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series
Pages:
295

Meet the Author

Raymond Seidelman is Professor of Political Science at Sarah Lawrence College. He has written extensively on the Italian Communist Party and is presently researching economic planning in the United States.

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