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Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science: A Transatlantic Tale

Robert Adcock


This book situates the origins of American political science in relation to the transatlantic history of liberalism. It shows how the field adapted European liberal responses to democratization and industrialization to speak to particular challenges of mass democracy and large-scale industry as they developed in nineteenth-century America. When political science first secured a niche in the American academy during the antebellum decades, it advanced a democratized classical liberal political vision overlapping with the contemporary European liberalism of Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. As po ... More

Keywords: political science, transatlantic, classical liberalism, progressive liberalism, democracy, industrialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199333622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Adcock, author
George Washington University