Discipline: Political Science

Application of mechanical and scientific models for the understanding of political life.

The manner in which political systems and institutions co-ordinate and control their own actions can be explained principally in terms of their internal 'mechanisms', and their actions understood principally in terms of these internal processes, rather than by reference to outside pressures as in black box model or billiard ball model.

Roger Scruton, A Dictionary of Political Thought (London, 1982)


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