When initially published in 1972, Foundations of Political Sociology was acknowledged to be the first unified study of the field. It still provides a cross-fertilization of knowledge concerning the interrelation of social class and political power. Taking into account new specializations in social theory, the book covers all major social systems on a comparative international basis. The opening remarks prepared for this new printing provide an estimate of how the field has changed during the past quarter century, and what unexpected challenges have arisen in areas of public trust and personal privacy.

This book examines fascism, communism, anarchism, conservatism, and liberalism as systems of rule as well as domains of theory. It is thus a unique effort at linking problems of history with problems of policy. The six sections of the book detail the historical and theoretical antecedents of this relatively new hybrid area in social research: policy coordinates of political sociology, types of social systems, forms of political ideologies, polarities of revolution and counter-revolution, civil-military relations, mass vs. elite contradictions, and threads of consensus and conflict running through these themes.

"Horowitz presents as his central thesis that in today's world no economic determinism can do justice to social reality. Foundations is the work of a politically sensitive and knowledgeable scholar." Louis Schneider, Social Forces

"Foundations of Political Sociology reflects extensive teaching and research in the area of political sociology. The book combines analytical insight with a provocative cutting edge and represents the best of Professor Horowitz." Thomas R. McFaul, The Annals

"Horowitz's political stance is interesting. Though he knows the radical literature, he distances himself from it. He sympathizes with everyone and strives to be provocative and yet elusive a personal voice in a dogmatic discipline." W.J.M. Mackenzie, Political Studies

part |100 pages


chapter 1|8 pages

An Historical Introduction To Political Sociology

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 2|8 pages

A Theoretical Introduction to Political Sociology

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 3|36 pages

Political Progress: The Enlightenment Pivot

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 4|21 pages

Political Order: The Romantic Pivot

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 5|25 pages

Ideological and Historical Sources of Contemporary Total Politics

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

part |150 pages


chapter 6|28 pages

Political Conservatism and Conservative Politics

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 7|17 pages

The Liberal Tradition and Evolutionary Politics

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 8|39 pages

Anarchism: From Natural Man to Political Man

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 9|18 pages

The Politicalization of Socialism

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 10|26 pages

The Militarization of Communism

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 11|20 pages

Fascism: A Twentieth-Century Mass Movement

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

part |116 pages


chapter 12|29 pages

The Morphology of Modern Revolution

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 13|45 pages

The Morphology of Counterrevolution

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 14|19 pages

Militarization, Modernization and Mobilization

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 15|21 pages

Social Deviance and Political Marginality

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

part |106 pages


chapter 16|26 pages

Social Science and Public Policy

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 17|19 pages

The Academy and the Polity

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 18|17 pages

Social Science Mandarins

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 19|22 pages

National Policy and Private Agency Research

ByHorowitz Irving Louis

chapter 20|20 pages

Deterrence Policies: From Academic Casebook to Military Codebook

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

part |66 pages


chapter 21|21 pages

Power As The Measure of Political Man

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 22|14 pages

Political Realism: The Primacy of Interests Over Values

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 23|15 pages

The Working Class as Interest Group

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 24|14 pages

Race, Class And Ethnicity

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

part |37 pages


chapter 25|15 pages

Political Bias and Social Analysis

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 26|9 pages

Social Alienation and Political Systems

ByIrving Louis Horowitz

chapter 27|11 pages

Political Marginality and Social Class in Historical Perspective

ByIrving Louis Horowitz