The Process of Government: A Study of Social Pressures (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1995 - Political Science - 501 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Feelings and Faculties as Causes
3
n Ideas and Ideals as Causes
110
HI Social Will
154
Political Science
162
The Raw Materials
175
VH Group AcnvrnES
200
VHI Public Opinion and Leadership
223
Individual Endowment and Race Type
245
Xlfl The Separation of Governmental Agencies
321
The Pressure of Interests
330
The Pressure of Interests in the Legislature
360
Political Parties
400
The Electorate and SemiPolitical Groups
423
The Gradation of the Groups
434
Representative Government Democracy
447
The Underlying Conditions
460

Government
258
Law
272
XH The Classification of Governments
298
XXm Conclusion
481
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