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Political Development : Essays in Heuristic Theory by Gabriel A. Almond

Political Development : Essays in Heuristic Theory by Gabriel A. Almond


Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1970. First Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 331 pages ; 22 cm. Original dust jacket, unpriced. Bookplate and owner blind stamp on the first and last few pages. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.

Political Development by Gabriel A. Almond

A selection of the author's articles and papers written over the past fifteen years. Collectively, they represent a modern revolution in comparative political study and a profession's growing self-awareness to provide means for understanding our contemporary international dilemmas.

The task of comparing and classifying political systems began with efforts by the SSRC's Committee on Political Behavior and Comparative Politics to bring social science theory and methodology to bear upon traditional area studies, particularly the early studies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It was at a committee conference at Gould House in June, 1959, that the first formal program of political development emerged. Since then numerous conferences, planning seminars, memoranda, collaborative books and articles, lectures, and symposia have measured the growth of conceptual research. Throughout this era, Professor Almond has participated fully and enthusiastically in the founding of a dynamic theory of political development.

These selections, arranged chronologically, show clear and unmistakable progress in the sophistication of concepts and research techniques in the study of political development. The book is both a moving personal and a fascinating professional chapter in the history of contemporary intellectual thought. It divulges influences and interrelations at several levels of intellectual inquiry, not the least interesting of which is the heuristic way in which discoveries have been made by a dedicated individual.

GABRIEL A. ALMOND is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He has also taught at Yale, Princeton, Brooklyn College, and the University of Tokyo. He has served as President of the American Political Science Association (1965-66) and as a member of the Board of Directors and on several Committees of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Almond is the author of several important books, including Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach (co-author: G. Bingham Powell, Jr.), The Civic Culture (co-author: Sidney Verba), and The Politics of the Developing Areas (co-editor and author: James Coleman).

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