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The Search for American Political Development

The Search for American Political Development


  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521547642

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  • In recent years, American political development has claimed the attention of a growing band of political scientists, and scholars have begun to speak of 'APD' as a subfield within the discipline. This book provides a justification for studying politics historically, not only for what it reveals about the roots of political affairs at the present time but what it teaches about politics as an ongoing activity in time, anytime. Placing the character of political institutions at the center of analysis, Orren and Skowronek survey past and current scholarship and attempt to outline a course of study for the future.

    • This was the first general assessment of the field of American political development in political science
    • Pushes forward historical-institution reasoning about politics, thus addressing an important strand of research in comparative political studies
    • Defines 'political development' in a way that organizes much of the recent literature and directs attention to central questions at issue in the field
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521547642
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The historical construction of politics
    2. Unraveling the premise: the cultural critique
    3. The institutional turn: rethinking order and change in time:
    4. Political development: the definition
    5. Political development: the issue.

  • Authors

    Karen Orren, University of California, Los Angeles
    Karen Orren is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise are American Political History and Institutional Development.

    Stephen Skowronek, Yale University, Connecticut
    Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. He is the author of Building A New American State, The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920, and The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton. He is also, with Karen Orren, the managing Editor of Studies In American Political Development. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has held the French-American Foundation Chair in American Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale in Paris.

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