Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Duane W. Hill


It has been the assertion of many brilliant and perceptive men, both within the field of Political Science and on its periphery, that the unifying concept -- the central political variable -- of this discipline is 'power'. There are other equally brilliant and perceptive men who dissent, some vigorously, others with cautious moderation. Nearly all agree, however, that 'power' is an important and even indispensable concept. Most of those who find themselves concerned with the concept take the trouble to define it; some exercise great care in the process, while others appear to assume that practically everyone who reads their work knows precisely what they are denoting by the term, without taking pains to clarify its relevance to the investigation, description and interpretation of human behavior where 'power' is presumed to play a part.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate Division The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Political Science. Copyright Morris John Ward June, 1957

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