A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Samuel P. Huntington on Political Stability and Violence

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Samuel P. Huntington has argued that political stability is dependent on the degree of institutionalization of participation in the political system. Critical analysis of hypotheses reveals serious flaws in his logic. His concepts were shown to be very hard to make operational and to test. The main hypothesis of a direct relationship between institutionalization and stability was shown to be influenced most likely by additional intervening variables. This study seeks to survey and analyze some of the problems which have arisen with the present state of theory in comparative politics. However, this thesis is particularly interested in .Huntington's work which ... continued below

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Stansell, Loran Wade May 1975.

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Samuel P. Huntington has argued that political stability is dependent on the degree of institutionalization of participation in the political system. Critical analysis of hypotheses reveals serious flaws in his logic. His concepts were shown to be very hard to make operational and to test. The main hypothesis of a direct relationship between institutionalization and stability was shown to be influenced most likely by additional intervening variables.
This study seeks to survey and analyze some of the problems which have arisen with the present state of theory in comparative politics. However, this thesis is particularly interested in .Huntington's work which covers the evolution of his thinking regarding the relation of violence and of political stability, i.e., the degree of government and not the form, with the institutionalization of participation.

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Stansell, Loran Wade. A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Samuel P. Huntington on Political Stability and Violence, thesis, May 1975; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663779/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .