It will be obvious to the reader that political science is deficient in taxonomy, and to a considerable extent culture-bound. These weaknesses have made it hard to present an analysis of work in progress within a framework which can command universal assent. They also make it difficult to strike a fair balance between the contributions of different schools and scholars, and to indicate confidently where the research frontiers now lie. A further difficulty is that political science (though few would now claim that it is a master science) lives by contact with the other social sciences. No development in them is alien to it, and much more might have been done to illustrate connections between the present chapter and other chapters in the book. This network of reciprocal influences serves to raise the level of scientific literacy among political scientists, but it adds to the difficulties of synoptic presentation.
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