Toward a Political Science Discipline

@article{Laitin1998TowardAP,
  title={Toward a Political Science Discipline},
  author={David D. Laitin},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={1998},
  volume={31},
  pages={423 - 443}
}
  • D. Laitin
  • Published 1 August 1998
  • Law
  • Comparative Political Studies
Harry Eckstein's 1973 classic article “Authority Patterns: A Structural Basis for Political Inquiry” is critically reviewed. In that article, Eckstein proposes that the scope of politics can be ascertained through a taxonomic exercise that he labels progressive differentiation. In so doing, he delimits political study to the systematic analysis of authority patterns, which he defines as the “set of asymmetric relations among hierarchically ordered members of a social unit that involves the… 

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