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By Raymond Seidelman

Dissatisfied Realists explores the intertwined destiny of yank political technological know-how and 19th and 20th century liberal reforms. starting with the pre-history of political technology within the Eighties, Seidelman and Harpham hint the improvement of political technology within the innovative interval, the Twenties, the hot Deal, the chilly conflict, the tumultuous sixties, and the crisis-ridden presidencies of Carter and Reagan. disillusioned Realists discusses the assumptions, hopes, and understandings of widespread liberal reformers--Woodrow Wilson, Lester Frank Ward, Charles Truman, V.O. Key, Jr., Theodore Lowi, and Walter Dean Burnham. inside of this framework, the authors contend that political technology in the US has been heavily allied with a continual assault and ever-present disenchantment with the varieties and philosophy of kingdom companies and mass politics.

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Impressed with their own cosmopolitanism, all of them have been eager to introduce European ideas and practices into our intellectual and political life. Yet they have all marveled at and complained about the ''uniqueness" and peculiarity of American political development. The nation's peculiarities have been alternatively cursed and adored. Intent on maintaining objectivity in their studies, they have been supreme political advocates. Builders of a profession of political scientists, they have always sought to affect publics far beyond the ivory tower.

There are too many tributaries and creeks that branch off from the mainstream, a surfeit of oddities that detract from any single concentration on the whole. Instead, this is a modest history of the intertwined fate of political liberalism and some of the major leaders of American political science. We have tried to limit our claims about the discipline as a whole, even as we seek to avoid single intellectual biographies. If we have erred, we hope it is on the side of provocation rather than pedantry.

The APSA staff located in Washington consisted of eighteen full-time persons and five part-time persons. There are 12,060 members of the APSA of which 800 are foreign. There are 9,184 individual members and 2,876 institutional members. Of the individual members, the overwhelming proportion are in teaching, research or related academic occupations. In addition to keeping track of the members, the APSA is responsible for publishing three trade journals, keeping track of over a dozen regional and state political science associations, administering low-cost life insurance for its members, and staffing and maintaining over a dozen academic committees, such as the Committee on Ethics and Academic Freedom, the Committee on the Status of Blacks, the Committee on the Status of Women.

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