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Title:
Liberalism and the emergence of American political science : a transatlantic tale
Author:
Adcock, Robert, author.
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9780199333622
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x, 300 pages ; 25 cm
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Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction. American Political Science and Liberalism in Transatlantic Perspective -- Part One: From Europe to America -- Chapter One. The Political in Political Science: The Liberal Debate about Democracy -- Chapter Two. The Science in Political Science: The Historicist Debate about Method -- Chapter Three. Democratized Classical Liberalism in the Antebellum American College: The Émigré Political Science of Francis Lieber -- Part Two: Wide Political Science and Liberalism in the Gilded Age -- Chapter Four. Political Science and Political Economy in the Age of Academic Reform: Andrew Dickson White and William Graham Sumner -- Chapter Five. Historical and Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University: Historicist Science, Liberalism, and the Founding of National Associations -- Part Three: Late Century Liberalisms and the New Political Science -- Chapter Six. Disenchanted Classical Liberalism as a Political Vision: William Graham Sumner and A. Lawrence Lowell -- Chapter Seven. Progressive Liberalism as a Political Vision: Woodrow Wilson's Political Science -- Chapter Eight. The Transatlantic Study of Modern Political Systems: The New Political Science of James Bryce, A. Lawrence Lowell, and Frank Goodnow -- Conclusion. The Americanization of Political Science and the Americanization of "Liberalism".
Abstract:
"This book situates the origins of American political science in relation to the transatlantic history of liberalism. In a corrective to earlier accounts, it argues that, as political science took shape in the nineteenth century American academy, it did more than express a pre-existing American liberalism. The pioneers of American political science participated in transatlantic networks of intellectual and political elites that connected them directly to the vicissitudes of liberalism in Europe. The book shows how these figures adapted multiple contemporary European liberal arguments to speak to particular challenges of mass democratic politics and large-scale industry as they developed in America. Political science's pioneers in the American academy were thus active agents of the Americanization of liberalism. When political science first secured a niche in the American academy during the antebellum era, it advanced a democratized classical liberal political vision overlapping with the contemporary European liberalism of Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. As political science expanded during the dramatic growth of university ideals and institutions in the Gilded Age, divergence within its liberalism came to the fore in the area of political economy. In the late-nineteenth century, this divergence was fleshed out into two alternative liberal political visions-progressive liberal and disenchanted classical liberal-with different analyses of democracy and the administrative state. During the early twentieth-century, both visions found expression among early presidents of the new American Political Science Association, and subsequently, within contests over the meaning of 'liberalism' as this term acquired salience in American political discourse. In sum, this book showcases how the history of American political science offers a venue in which we see how a distinct current of mid-nineteenth-century European liberalism was divergently transformed into alternative twentieth-century American liberalisms"-- Provided by publisher.
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This book situates the origins of American political science in relation to the transatlantic history of liberalism. In a corrective to earlier accounts, it argues that, as political science took shape in the nineteenth century American academy, it did more than express a pre-existing Americanliberalism. The pioneers of American political science participated in transatlantic networks of intellectual and political elites that connected them directly to the vicissitudes of liberalism in Europe. The book shows how these figures adapted multiple contemporary European liberal arguments tospeak to particular challenges of mass democratic politics and large-scale industry as they developed in America. Political science's pioneers in the American academy were thus active agents of the Americanization of liberalism.When political science first secured a niche in the American academy during the antebellum era, it advanced a democratized classical liberal political vision overlapping with the contemporary European liberalism of Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. As political science expanded during the dramaticgrowth of university ideals and institutions in the Gilded Age, divergence within its liberalism came to the fore in the area of political economy. In the late-nineteenth century, this divergence was fleshed out into two alternative liberal political visions - progressive liberal and disenchantedclassical liberal - with different analyses of democracy and the administrative state.During the early twentieth-century, both visions found expression among early presidents of the new American Political Science Association, and subsequently, within contests over the meaning of "liberalism" as this term acquired salience in American political discourse. In sum, this book showcaseshow the history of American political science offers a venue in which we see how a distinct current of mid-nineteenth-century European liberalism was divergently transformed into alternative twentieth-century American liberalisms.


Table of Contents

William Graham Sumner and A. Lawrence Lowell
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: American Political Science and. Liberalism in Transatlantic Perspectivep. 1
Part I From Europe to America
Chapter 1 The "Political" in Political Science: The Liberal Debate about Democracyp. 15
Chapter 2 The "Science" in Political Science: The Historicist Debate about Methodp. 42
Chapter 3 Democratized Classical Liberalism in the Antebellum American College: The Émigré Political Science of Francis Lieberp. 67
Part II Wide Political Science and Liberalism in the Gilded Age
Chapter 4 Political Science and Political Economy in the Age of Academic Reform: Andrew D. White and William Graham Sumnerp. 105
Chapter 5 Historical and Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University: Historicist Science, Liberalism, and the Founding of National Associationsp. 135
Part III Late-Century Liberalisms and the New Political Science
Chapter 6 Disenchanted Classical Liberalism as a Political Visionp. 173
Chapter 7 Progressive Liberalism as a Political Vision: Woodrow Wilson's Political Sciencep. 204
Chapter 8 The Transatlantic Study of Modern Political Systems: The New Political Science of James Bryce, A. Lawrence Lowell, and Frank Goodnowp. 235
Conclusion: The Americanization of Political Science and the Americanization of "Liberalism"p. 268
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 297