Politics and Progress

Politics and Progress : The Emergence of American Political Science

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Mahoney describes the emergence of American political science as a separate academic discipline in the era between the Civil War and the First World War, with the pivotal event of the founding of the American Political Science Association in 1903. His book, a testament to the integrity of American political science, chronicles its intellectual and cultural development.
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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739106562
  • 9780739106563
  • 2,265,581

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Origins and Influences Chapter 3 German Political Science Chapter 4 Pragmatism Chapter 5 Progressivism Part 6 The Old Political Science Chapter 7 Political Philosophy Chapter 8 Declaration of Independence Chapter 9 The Constitution Part 10 The New Political Science Chapter 11 Professional Organization Chapter 12 Administration Chapter 13 Methodology Chapter 14 Conclusion
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With the gimlet eye of a surgeon, Dennis J. Mahoney exposes the ambitious origins of contemporary political "science" in the Progressive movement. Political science comes with a political agenda. We have competent studies of President Woodrow Wilson, but we can't really understand what he was about unless we know professor Woodrow Wilson's agenda. Mahoney shows convincingly how most political science education today has come to oppose the principles on which the American polity is based- limited government and its natural rights foundation. It is no wonder that the Declaration of Independence is not taken seriously by contemporary political science, whether on the left, far left, or the few conservatives in the academy. His study is simultaneously comprehensive and focused, sober and liberating. Critics of ideological bias in American higher education are merely crying in the wilderness unless they take Mahoney's arguments to heart. -- Ken Masugi, Director, Center for Local Government and Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
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About Dennis J. Mahoney

Dennis J. Mahoney is a practicing attorney in California and Adjunct Professor, University of California - Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino.
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