SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND STABLE RULE: A GENERAL THEORY.
PRINCETON UNIV N J CENTER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
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The report undertakes to review and amend extant theory on governmental stability. It is argued that theory since the 1930s has rested chiefly on two premises, non-rationalism and individualism. These are examined in detail, and reasons are advanced for attempting a more general and parsimonious theory which would abandon them. The distinction in social structure between relatively segmented and relatively non-segmented societies is introduced, and the rational requisites for legitimacy, or voluntary compliance, are derived for each case. Finally, a plausibility test of derivative hypotheses is attempted, relying on available survey and census data on segmentation. The main attempt is, however, reserved for the country-study of West Germany of which these chapters will form a part. Author
- Government and Political Science