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The Political System Besieged by the State

The Political System Besieged by the State THE POLITICAL SYSTEM BESIEGED BY THE STATE DAVID EASTON University of Chicago T HE EDITOR has asked me to address myself to the future of systems urrulysis in political science over the next twenty years. I shall deal with this question in a particularistic way. Instead of examining the whole conceptual framework called systems analysis and pointing up its successes, shortcomings, and future prospects, I shall focus only on the idea of the political system itself. Central to the development of systems analysis as a theoretical approach is a serious commitment to the study of politics as a system of behavior and institutions. It is this idea that is being challenged today by the resurrection of an older concept, that of the state. Given the recent diffusion of the latter notion throughout the social sciences in the United States-it has had a continuing life in other parts of the world-we may well wonder whether the next couple of decades will witness a permanent return to this earlier theoretical approach. The state, a concept that many of us thought had been polished off a quarter of a century ago, has now risen from the grave to haunt us once again. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy SAGE

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1981 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0090-5917
eISSN
1552-7476
DOI
10.1177/009059178100900303
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Abstract

THE POLITICAL SYSTEM BESIEGED BY THE STATE DAVID EASTON University of Chicago T HE EDITOR has asked me to address myself to the future of systems urrulysis in political science over the next twenty years. I shall deal with this question in a particularistic way. Instead of examining the whole conceptual framework called systems analysis and pointing up its successes, shortcomings, and future prospects, I shall focus only on the idea of the political system itself. Central to the development of systems analysis as a theoretical approach is a serious commitment to the study of politics as a system of behavior and institutions. It is this idea that is being challenged today by the resurrection of an older concept, that of the state. Given the recent diffusion of the latter notion throughout the social sciences in the United States-it has had a continuing life in other parts of the world-we may well wonder whether the next couple of decades will witness a permanent return to this earlier theoretical approach. The state, a concept that many of us thought had been polished off a quarter of a century ago, has now risen from the grave to haunt us once again.

Journal

Political Theory: An International Journal of Political PhilosophySAGE

Published: Aug 1, 1981

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