The Search for American Political Development

by Karen Orren, Stephen Skowronek

In recent years, American political development has claimed the attention of a growing band of political scientists, and scholars have begun to speak of 'APD' as a subfield within the discipline. This book provides a justification for studying politics historically, not only for what it reveals about the roots of political affairs at the present time but what it teaches about politics as an ongoing activity in time, anytime. Placing the character of political institutions at the center of analysis, Orren and Skowronek survey past and current scholarship and attempt to outline a course of study for the future.
  • Cambridge University Press; May 2004
  • ISBN: 9780511207228
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  • Title: The Search for American Political Development
  • Author: Karen Orren; Stephen Skowronek
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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"A brilliant, disquieting, and demandingly dense analysis of current and future American Political Development (APD) research. An instant classic among political scientists, historians, and economists. Essential." E.C. Dreyer, emeritus, University of Tulsa, CHOICE