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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
Library of Congress Classification JA76.L39
Dewey Decimal Classification 301.5/92

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.
    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
    Bibliography of Works by Harold D. Lasswell