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A Developmental Approach to Political Systems

  • Gabriel A. Almond (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 July 2011

During the past decade two tendencies have come to dominate the field of comparative politics. One of these is the concern for theoretical explication and methodological rigor, and the second is the emphasis on field studies of the “emerging,” “new,” and “non-Western” nations. The theoretical tendency has largely taken the form of applications of "systems" theory to the study of politics, and the chief criticism of this approach has been that it is a static theory, not suitable for the analysis and explanation of political change.

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Talcott Parsons and Edward Shils , eds.. Toward a General Theory of Action (Cambridge, Mass., 1951)

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