Systems Theory

Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology

Also termed 'systems analysis'.

Theory of politics and government as a system associated with American political scientist David Easton (1917- ).

Government and politics constitute a system of inputs and outputs, with 'gatekeepers' who filter demands upon the system in order to avoid overload.

Systems analysis like structural functionalism is contrasted with conflict theory.

Geoffrey Roberts and Alistair Edwards, A New Dictionary of Political Analysis (London, 1991)


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