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Political Science 11-2 I, 1972-73
Final Examination January 11, 1973
Answer two of the following questions. Question 1 must be answered.
1. Who rules America? Devise your own theory of how political
power in America is acquired, showing where you agree and
disagree with the major theorists considered in this course.
2. Morgenthau and other international relations theorists con-
tend that all interactions among nations can be explained as
a ceaseless, inevitable pursuit of their interests defined
as power. Do you agree or disagree with this theory? What
other framework can you suggest for explaining how nations
behave in the international system?
3. Assess the possibility of (choose one: the Blacks, women,
the urban poor) winning economic and political (if not social)
equality in the 1970's. Answer the question in terms of the
power resources the group possesses and the group's skill in
employing its resources. Then say what you think the group's
strategy should be for the future.
4. William Fulbright contends that recent experiments in revolu-
tion in the Third World particularly in latin America -
have not been understood by policymakers in the United States.
How does Fulbright analyze the situation of the Third World
and the reaction of the U.S. to Third World efforts at
structural reforms of their societies? Do you agree or
disagree with him?
5. Do you think it is possible to achieve a "science of politics?"
That is, can political science go beyond description and
analysis to predict events in the political system? Or is
politics more of an art than a science?