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Harold D. Lasswell on Political Sociology
by Harold D. Lasswell edited by Dwaine Marvick
University of Chicago Press, 1977 Cloth: 978-0-226-46920-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-46921-8
ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Harold D. Lasswell's pioneering work in the field of political sociology is distinguished by his insistence on studying major contemporary problems, his willingness to try new methods of inquiry, and—above all—his conviction that, to understand events on the political stage, one must also analyze the social and historical context. From the huge corpus of Lasswell's work, Dwaine Marvick has chosen representative selections that demonstrate the wide range of his interests, the intellectual framework of this thought, the characteristics of his style, and the diversity of his methods. The volume is organized around the five fields of central interest to Lasswell: elite analysis in an contextual perspective, developmental constructs, political communications research, the use of psychoanalysis to explain political behavior, and the role of intellectuals in policy-making processes.
The late Harold D. Lasswell taught for many years at the University of Chicago and Yale University. He was the author of more than thirty books, including Psychopathology and Politics also available from the University of Chicago Press. Dwaine Marvick is professor of political science at the University of California at Los Angeles.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Contexts, Problems, and Methods Elite Analysis and the Contextual Approach 1. Shared Subjectivity: The State as a Manifold of Events 2. Systemic Analysis: Culture and Personality 3. Politics: Who Gets What, When, How 4. The Study of Political Elites The Use of Developmental Constructs 5. The Configurative Analysis of the World Value Pyramids 6. Skill Politics and Skill Revolution 7. The Garrison State 8. The World Revolution of Our Time Political Communications: The Work of Symbol Specialists 9. The Wartime Propaganda Front 10. The Vocation of Propagandists 11. The Strategy of Revolutionary Propaganda 12. Style in Political Communications 13. Why Be Quantitative? 14. Communications Research and Public Policy Political Psychiatry 15. The Triple-Appeal Principle 16. The Psychology of Hitlerism 17. Politics, Personality, and Culture: The American Case 18. Political Constitution and Character Intellectuals and the Political Process 19. Policy and the Intelligence Function 20. The Choice of Sanctioning Norms 21. Prototyping New Political Practices 22. The Perspectives of Revolutionary Intellectuals Notes Bibliography of Works by Harold D. Lasswell Index