Liberal Democracy & Political Science
James W. Ceaser
Do political scientists in a liberal democracy bear a special responsibility that goes beyond their academic pursuits? Ceaser, a scholar of American political parties, argues that they do, and he challenges colleagues and students to reexamine what they do as political scientists. He observes that liberal democracy is a compound of two elements not easily wed: constitutionalism and republicanism. The role of political science is to perform the “superintendent” function of keeping these parts together.
The County Election, George Caleb Bingham, 1852