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The Process of Government : A Study of Social Pressures - Arthur F. Bentley

The Process of Government

A Study of Social Pressures

Paperback Published: 15th January 2008
ISBN: 9781560007784
Number Of Pages: 534

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Arthur F. Bentley originally wrote this book over the years 1896-1908 while working as a Chicago newspaper reporter and editor, during which time he had a "sense of tremendous social activity taking place," and a feeling that "all the politics of the country, so to speak, were drifting across [his] desk." This prompted Bentley to develop an analysis of group interests, which he believed to be the true dictators of government decisions.He was hailed on methodological grounds as an early supporter of the "behavioral revolution," which called for the use of natural scientific methods in the social sciences and for offering a group theory of politics. Bentley's implicit critique of narrow empiricism reflects the diverse influences of Dilthey, Simmel, and Dewey. The Process of Government was virtually ignored until the post-World War II period, but is now regarded as a classic in political science.

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
To Prepare the Way
Feelings and Faculties as Causesp. 3
Ideas and Ideals as Causesp. 110
Social Willp. 154
Political Sciencep. 162
Analysis of Governmental Pressures
The Raw Materialsp. 175
Group Activitiesp. 200
Public Opinion and Leadershipp. 223
Individual Endowment and Race Typep. 245
Governmentp. 258
Lawp. 272
The Classification of Governmentsp. 298
The Separation of Governmental Agenciesp. 321
The Pressure of Interests in the Executivep. 330
The Pressure of Interests in the Legislaturep. 360
The Pressure of Interests in the Judiciaryp. 382
Political Partiesp. 400
The Electorate and Semi-Political Groupsp. 423
The Gradation of the Groupsp. 434
Representative Government, Democracy, and Control by "The People"p. 447
The Underlying Conditionsp. 460
The Development of Group Interpretationp. 465
Appendixp. 485
Indexp. 495
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ISBN: 9781560007784
ISBN-10: 1560007788
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 534
Published: 15th January 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.39  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition

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