Comparative Systems Analysis of the 1968 and 1969 Kalamazoo County Political Systems
Nash, Robert Philip
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The objective of this thesis is to test a hypothesis: that a change in the membership of the Kalamazoo County Board of Supervisors will effect the functioning of the Kalamazoo County Political system. In this test, I have adopted David Easton's theory of system analysis. Although this study is intrinsically worth pursuing, it also has value as a test of this theory. Research unguided by theory lacks significant meaning and direction. Similarly, theory untested by research lacks precision and support. This thesis, by adopting Easton's theory, will test its applicability to local political systems at the same time that it is pursuing verification for the hypothesis. This study is the result of ten weeks of uninterrupted research and three years of previous study in political science. It is my first major study of local politics and it has proved very rewarding personally. The research was not without its disappointments however. The major obstacle was a lack of available information. There were a wealth of legal summaries of county government and discussions of possible alternative forms of county government, but very little was written concerning the actual operation of the local political system. As a result, the following thesis is concerned with broad factors, relations, and processes important in the county political system. This study is not meant to be the definitive work on the Kalamazoo County political system. It is meant only to give a general understanding of that system and the possible changes in it resulting from a change in the membership of the Board of Supervisors. This thesis might serve as a guide to further and deeper studies in the area: a study which would require a greater amount of time, and a much larger research budget.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.
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