Accession Number:

AD0669029

Title:

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS: APPLICATIONS TO THE NON-WESTERN POLITICAL PROCESS,

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Corporate Author:

AMERICAN UNIV WASHINGTON D C CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SYSTEMS

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Report Date:

1968-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

106.0

Abstract:

Systems theory designed to comparatively analyze the political process has undergone profound development during the preceding decade. Analysis of the varieties of systematic approaches reveals the presence of serious conceptual and methodological defects, which contemporary theorists have failed to resolve. The more basic of these problems were found to be 1 the presence of an ethnocentric bias resulting in a definition of the political system based upon empirically untenable concepts 2 an inability to adequately define the scope of political behavior, thereby leaving the political system indistinct from other sub-systems within the society or, conversely, analytically coterminous with society as a whole. In response to these basic theoretical problems, an alternative analytical definition of the political system is suggested, together with a behavioral model of the political process. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE